One of the most relevant moments that the video game industry left us last year was the decision by Microsoft to buy ZeniMax Media, Bethesda’s parent company. This announcement was a real shock and can be determining factor for the future.
One of the steps that Microsoft has taken before closing the operation has been to request the approval of the European Commission regarding this operation in the Old Continent
The European Union antitrust regulator is tasked with approving the agreement with or without concessions during its preliminary review or open a full-scale investigation “if you have serious concerns”
All of it in order to avoid possible monopolies. In the case of mergers and acquisitions, the Commission can reject agreements that threaten market competition or force the company to dispose of its interests. The regulation that the European Union will use is the NES 139/2004
The announcement of the decision is scheduled to take place before March 5. The cost of the operation is estimated at more than 7.5 billion dollars, so Microsoft plans to acquire the rights to, among other companies, the licenses of Bethesda Softworks, which have developed iconic titles of the industry such as Fallout 4, DOOM Eternal The The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.