Microsoft signs another cloud gaming deal for Xbox despite CMA setback

What you need to know

  • Microsoft and Nware have signed a 10-year deal to bring Xbox Game Pass to their platform.
  • The deal is part of Microsoft's strategy to expand its presence in cloud gaming despite its setback with the CMA ruling on the Activision Blizzard King (ABK) acquisition.
  • Brad Smith's announcement included confirmation that Activision Blizzard games will be included "after the acquisition closes."

Despite the setback earlier this week with the shocking CMA ruling, Microsoft is pushing ahead with more 10-year cloud gaming deals and today announced a new partnership with Nware.

Nware is a Europe-based cloud gaming platform with over 10 million subscribers across 15 European countries and currently offers a library of over 500 games. This new 10-year venture by Microsoft will bring the Xbox Game Pass catalog to their platform for use on the Cloud.

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Brad Smith's tweet clarified that this deal will also include Activision Blizzard games "after the acquisition closes." This is a bold statement given the UK's Competition and Markets Authority's (CMA) decision to block the acquisition for fear of negatively impacting Microsoft's cloud gaming rivals. The deals struck so far with other competitors have done little to assuage the CMA's concerns.

Brad Smith's comment is revealing and indicates that Microsoft is trying to push this deal through independently of the CMA's ruling. Microsoft has already taken steps to ease concerns about any cloud gaming competition by offering deals to Nvidia Geoforce, Boosteroid, Nintendo, Ubitus and even UK mobile phone provider EE.

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