Microsoft's appeal against the UK Competition and Merger Authority's decision to reject its Activision Blizzard deal has been pencilled in for late July, according to Eurogamer.net. This decision comes after the UK CMA raised concerns that Microsoft's acquisition of the gaming company could lead to a decrease in competition within the industry.

Microsoft's $68.7 billion deal to acquire Activision Blizzard was announced in January 2022. The acquisition was intended to give Microsoft a commanding presence in the gaming industry and bolster its Xbox Game Pass subscription service. However, the UK CMA launched an investigation into the deal in March 2022 after concerns were raised about its potential impact on competition.

In April 2022, the UK CMA blocked the acquisition, citing concerns that it could lead to a "substantial lessening of competition" and an increase in prices for gamers. Microsoft's response was to appeal the decision and it is now reported that the appeal hearing is scheduled to take place at the end of July.

Microsoft has argued that the acquisition would not harm competition in the industry, and that the benefits of the deal for gamers and the wider gaming industry would outweigh any potential antitrust concerns. The company has stated that the acquisition would allow it to

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