ARLINGTON, VA — The American Consumer Institute (ACI) issued the following statement regarding the CMA decision on the proposed acquisition of Activision by Microsoft:

The recent decision by the Competition and Markets Authority in the UK to halt the acquisition of Activision by Microsoft is based on a flawed understanding of the gaming market. The CMA’s argument mirrors that of the Federal Trade Commission by believing that Microsoft will be incentivized to undermine competition in cloud gaming and further concentrate the market. The CMA also underestimated the benefits for gamers who would gain access to Activision’s content without having to buy the latest console or PC since their library is not currently on any cloud gaming service. The downsides of preventing this merger outweigh the risks of letting it go through and we ask the CMA to reconsider blocking the deal.  

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