Microsoft Corporation - Activision Blizzard Inc.

Acquirer(s)

  • Microsoft Corporation

Target(s)

  • Activision Blizzard Inc.

Summary

Microsoft (Microsoft) proposes to acquire Activision Blizzard, Inc (Activision Blizzard).

Microsoft and Activision Blizzard overlap in the development and publication of video games (including games for PC, console and smartphone), digital distribution of video games for PC and console, supply of online display advertising services and supply and licensing of video game-related merchandise.

Market inquiries

Submissions are invited from interested parties regarding Microsoft’s proposed acquisition of Activision Blizzard.

The closing date for submissions is 11 July 2022. Submissions should be forwarded electronically (preferably in PDF format) to mergers@accc.gov.au with the title “Submission re: Microsoft/Activision Blizzard - attention Marisa Kuhlewein/George Cunningham".

Following the closing date, queries regarding the ACCC’s review may be addressed to Marisa Kuhlewein/George Cunningham at mergers@accc.gov.au. For more details, please refer to the attached market inquiries letter.

Market inquiries

Timeline

DateEvent
20/06/2022ACCC commenced informal review under the Informal Merger Review Process Guidelines.
11/07/2022Closing date for submissions.
08/09/2022Timeline suspended pending receipt of information. Former provisional date for announcement of ACCC's findings (15 September) is delayed. ACCC will announce a proposed decision date in due course.

Project staff

  • Marisa Kuhlewein
  • George Cunningham

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