That approval will come in America, that country is aimed at making large companies even more powerful and paying as little tax as possible, but in Europe it is a different story. The European Union has not yet reached an agreement and a second round of questions to Microsoft and Activision is now also starting in the United Kingdom. Because the market authority there is (rightly) concerned about reduced competition (which will happen) in the markets of consoles (duh), game subscriptions (duh) and cloud subscriptions (duhduh).
The companies have until the end of this week to answer the troubling questions. Last week, Microsoft frontman Phil Spencer already knew that Call of Duty will not be exclusive and that PlayStation users will always get the same version. He has also confirmed that Call of Duty will be part of Xbox Game Pass, but that the game will not appear there before. By the way, all Activision-Blizzard games will appear on Game Pass if it’s up to him (via MS Blog).
Activision CEO Bobby Kotick also said something, but he only talks shit.
With a European Union turning its eyes more and more often and harder on big tech companies and a UK now also openly in doubt, the deal seems far from complete.