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Microsoft shattered the gaming landscape earlier this year by announcing its intentions to acquire Activision Blizzard. We're a good few months on from the announcement now, and Microsoft thinks things are going well, at this stage.

Microsoft president Brad Smith recently discussed the deal with Belgian outlet L'Echo. Smith says that while there's a long way to go yet, the merger is entering its "middle" phase.

It’s moving fast, at least fast enough for an acquisition of this size, [...]

One of our attorneys summed it up nicely by saying, ‘We’re coming to the end of the beginning and now we’re entering the beginning of the middle.

It’s a long process and we’re still at the stage where we’re answering questions. For us, of course, the sooner it is done the better, but we will respect the process.

So, for now, the Activision Blizzard deal is still going through all the required regulatory checks before it can be officially approved. Once it does, Activision Blizzard and its studios & IP will be under the Xbox banner.

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