The UK government authority on market competition has laid out its timeline for delivering a verdict on Xbox's Activision Blizzard deal. Phase 2 of its analysis in now underway, and the final report is said to be delivered by March 1st, 2023.
In theory, this means the deal won't go through until at least that date and even then, other regions could have a verdict date set out even further on than that. We know that the Saudi Arabian authority has approved the deal, but most other territories are still working through their analysis of the merger.
That includes the EU, which has set its own internal deadline of November 8th for deciding on whether to press on with a second phase of investigations. Rumours are also swirling that PlayStation CEO Jim Ryan recently travelled to Brussels to discuss the deal with the EU, which could add another wrinkle to proceedings.
Leading up to the UK authority's March deadline is a set of milestones that must be completed at certain stages. These include hearings from all involved parties, potential changes to the deal outlined and more. The full timeline is available to view online, if you're interested in taking a look!
Did you expect the deal to be done by then? Do you think it'll happen at all? Let us know your thoughts.