The fate of the long awaited deal between Microsoft and Bethesda will be decided soon, as Reuters reports that the European Union will decide on Macrh 5 whether or not the company behind Xbox will get ownership of the publisher behind such critically acclaimed IPs such as Doom, Fallout, and The Elder Scrolls.
As of the story, the EU has full authority to approve the deal or not.
EU antitrust regulators will decide by March 5 whether to clear Microsoft’s $7.5 billion acquisition of ZeniMax Media, the U.S. tech giant’s biggest gaming acquisition to better compete with Sony Corp’s PlayStation.
Microsoft requested European Commission approval for the deal on Jan. 29, a filing on the EU executive’s website showed.
The EU competition enforcer can clear the deal with or without concessions during its preliminary review or it can open a full-scale investigation if it has serious concerns.
Microsoft made the move to acquire Bethesda on September last year, which when approved gives the PC and Xbox maker first dibs and exclusive rights to the publisher’s games and works. Bethesda however will continue to make games a third party developer — meaning that their games will still appear in competitive brands such as Sony PlayStation and Nintendo Switch.
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