Microsoft files appeal against CMA decision to disapprove Activision Blizzard deal

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As expected, Microsoft has filed an appeal against the UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) decision on

disapproval of its merger with Activision Blizzard.

What is known

The case will be referred to the Competition Court of Appeals (CAT), where it will be heard by three judges, Bloomberg reports.

If the court sides with Microsoft, then the CMA will againwill consider all aspects of the transaction. However, such a decision by CAT does not guarantee that CMA will change its decision, especially since, according to Bloomberg, there has not been a single case when the Competition Authority has completely reversed its decision after the verdict of the Court of Appeal.

The process could drag on for up to nine months as the CAT judges carefully consider every argument for and against the CMA.

Recall that Microsoft will have an equally difficult process with the US Federal Trade Commission, which will start in August 2023 and will also be delayed for more than one month.

Microsoft lawyers have a lot of work ahead of them.