UK expands new muscle in antitrust investigations over Microsoft and Amazon

LONDON – The United Kingdom’s antitrust agency opened investigations into Microsoft proposed takeover of Activision Blizzard and ind Amazon Inc.’s business practices, which strengthen Britain as a new regulatory power that Silicon Valley must reckon with.

The UK Competition and Market Authority said on Wednesday that it was investigating whether Microsoft’s $ 75 billion bid for Activision, the video game giant behind “Call of Duty” and “World of Warcraft”, would reduce competition in the UK. The investigation follows a similar investigation in the United States from the Federal Trade Commission.

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