Microsoft Reportedly Selling UK Cloud Gaming Rights

Microsoft already taking steps to close this deal quickly.

Microsoft is reportedly considering selling some of its UK cloud gaming rights. This is its plan to gain regulatory approval for its acquisition deal with Activision Blizzard.

According to Bloomberg, Microsoft is planning to sell its cloud-based market rights for games in the UK. It is planning to offer them to telecommunications, gaming or internet-based computing company, or a private equity firm.

Wedbush Securities analysts Nick McKay and Michael Pachter actually predicted this situation. They said that Microsoft will be making cloud gaming concessions in the UK that enable it to complete the deal before next week’s deadline. Well, that is not happening now since UK CMA has extended the deadline.

“We believe Microsoft can carve out Game Pass UK PLC as a separate operating subsidiary with an independent board charged with keeping Activision content off the Game Pass platform pending the conclusion of Microsoft’s appeal of the CMA decision,” they wrote. “This would likely satisfy the CMA, and the deal should close by next Tuesday.”