Microsoft Corp. 's remedy to resolve antitrust concerns over its $69 billion acquisition of Activision Blizzard will focus only on cloud gaming services and make no mention of rival SONY, according to sources familiar with the matter Monday, local time.
Microsoft has sought to allay commission concerns that the deal could reduce competition between game consoles and PCS, PC operating systems and cloud game streaming services. However, the fact that SONY was not mentioned in the settlement suggests that the commission is no longer concerned about competition in the console market.
Microsoft submitted its proposal to the commission last week, but the company did not disclose details. Microsoft has offered a 10-year licensing deal for its cloud gaming service, the sources said.
Eu authorities have told competitors and customers to provide feedback by the end of the week and will make a decision on the deal by May 22, the sources said.
Microsoft's EU settlement is narrower than the one the company has proposed to its British rivals, which includes a licensing deal for cloud gaming services and a 10-year deal to critics and PlayStation owner SONY for Activision's Call of Duty franchise to be equal in content and quality.
Other sources with direct knowledge of the deal said it was possible that the European Commission would accept such a licensing deal and approve the deal, but it was unclear whether the British watchdog would accept such a so-called behavioral remedy.
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