The United Kingdom’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has proved to be the biggest stumbling block for Microsoft’s proposed $69 billion acquisition of Activision Blizzard, having blocked the deal in April, and though Microsoft has lodged an appeal with the UK Competition Appeals Tribunal against the decision, the company might be devising other ways to get around the block as well.
Hunt was recently publicly critical of the CMA’s move to block the proposed Activision deal, and Smith will reportedly be voicing his frustrations over the block.
In May, when asked in an interview if pulling Activision Blizzard out of the UK was an option that Microsoft would examine, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella was unwilling to rule it out.
Read more on that through here. Bloomberg’s report goes on to state that Microsoft president Brad Smith is set to meet with UK Chancellor Jeremy Hunt in the coming days.