One of the “extreme” options Microsoft is considering in its acquisition of Activision Blizzard is to move the acquired company out of the UK completely.
Bloomberg He writes about a planned meeting between Microsoft chief Brad Smith and British chancellor Jeremy Hunt next week. Smith is in the country to talk about AI regulation, but he would also like to talk about the CMA’s decision to block the Activision Blizzard acquisition.
Microsoft recently appealed this decision Their arguments The outside with which they want to challenge the siege. According to Bloomberg, Smith has more options to discuss with Hunt.
There will also be “extreme” options on the table, such as ignoring the blockade and simply going ahead with the deal, or withdrawing Activision from the UK altogether.
This does not necessarily mean that games can no longer be sold in England. The company could base itself in a European country (after all, Europe approved the deal) and publish its games in the UK through a distributor. However, it would mean the loss of all Activision, developer and publishing jobs in the UK.