According to “sources” at Reuters
It appears we can’t go a few minutes without something new happening in the world of Microsoft and Activision Blizzard at the moment, with the latest story being that that the European Commission is reportedly expected to approve the takeover as soon as next week – potentially on Monday, May 15th.
This is according to Reuters, which says it’s heard the information courtesy of “people familiar with the matter”. That May 15th date might not be exact, but it’s apparently the “likeliest date” right now.
“EU antitrust regulators are set to approve Microsoft Corp’s (MSFT.O) $69 billion acquisition of Activision (ATVI.O) next week…”
The European Commission currently has a deadline of May 22nd to vote on the takeover, so it looks like we might find out a little earlier than expected, and Microsoft will certainly be hoping these “sources” turn out to be correct.
We can never take these kinds of reports as 100% fact though, so we’ll have to wait until (at least) next week to find out for sure. If the EU can be ticked off the list, it’ll mark a very important step forward for Microsoft and Activision Blizzard.