Move gives companies more time to address regulators’ concerns about $75bn deal
Microsoft and Activision Blizzard have pushed back the deadline for the completion of their $75bn merger agreement until mid-October as the two companies seek to resolve UK regulatory concerns about the impact of the tie-up on the nascent cloud gaming market.
The extension to October 18 does not alter the original $95 per share, all-cash purchase price that Microsoft will pay for the developer of Call of Duty and Candy Crush Saga. However, the parties have agreed to increase the termination fee that Microsoft would pay Activision to as much as $4.5bn, if the deal is scuttled after September 15.
延期至10月18日并不会改变原先的收购价：微软将对《使命召唤》(Call of Duty)和《糖果传奇》(Candy Crush Saga)的开发商进行每股95美元的全现金收购。然而双方同意：如果该交易在9月15日之后落空，微软向动视暴雪支付的分手费将增至45亿美元。
The extension will provide “ample time to work through the final regulatory issues”, said Microsoft’s president Brad Smith in a tweet on Wednesday.