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Since Xbox announced its plans to acquire Activision Blizzard, official approval of the deal by nations around the world has been a key topic of discussion. The FTC is scrutinising the deal over in the US, while the UK CMA is taking a good long look at proceedings over here. Well, we've now seen some positive movement on approval for the first time.

Anti-competition authorities in Saudi Arabia have publicly approved the deal, taking to Twitter to reveal the verdict. The approval is considered to be the first of many that'll be necessary for the deal to actually go through, for both Xbox and Activision Blizzard.

This is the first time we've seen such an authority come out and approve the deal publicly, although of course, other approvals may well have occurred behind closed doors. Prior reports did state that the US FTC approval could be wrapped up by the end of this month, although we haven't heard anything on that front since July. We do appear to be one step closer with this approval though!

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