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08.02.2023 04:48 PM
Microsoft completed its $69 billion acquisition of Activision Blizzard.

Microsoft's $69 billion acquisition of Activision Blizzard was recently rejected by the British regulator, who claimed that the merger could harm competition in the UK gaming market.

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The takeover is expected to result in a severe weakening of competition, higher costs, fewer choices, and a halt in the pace of innovation in the industry, according to a news release from the Competition and Markets Authority. Microsoft and Activision Blizzard received letters from the regulator explaining potential solutions to the issues. Businesses have until February 22 to reply.

Rima Alaily, corporate vice president and deputy general counsel at Microsoft, promised that the company would provide practical solutions that were simple to execute and took into account not only the interests of the two firms but also those of all customers.

Given this, Activision Blizzard's premarket share price decreased by 4.6%.

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After Digg unveiled a new artificial intelligence webpage for Microsoft's Bing search engine, the company's stock increased by 1.6%.

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Security firm Fortinet's stock increased 11% as it outperformed analysts' expectations by five cents per share in the final quarter of 2022.

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