Apr 28, 2023
UK games sector wanted Microsoft deal, says Sir Ian Livingstone
The UK games sector was in favour of Microsoft's bid for US firm Activision being approved, according to the man who led the company behind Tomb Raider. Sir Ian Livingstone, also co-founder of Games Workshop, said it would be "Odd" if the UK was the only place to object. The planned $68.7bn deal would have been the gaming industry's biggest ever takeover, and Microsoft would have taken ownership of popular games titles such as Call of Duty, Candy Crush and World of Warcraft. Sir Ian, who is now co-founding partner of gaming investment group Hiro Capita, told the BBC's Today programme: "I think the sentiment of the games industry itself in the UK is for it to go ahead."It would be odd if the UK was the only region to object to this acquisition going forward. Sir Ian said the UK's games industry was "a great British success story", having developed some of the biggest franchises in the world including Tomb Raider and Grand Theft Auto.
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