CMA blocks Microsoft’s Acquisition of Activision, Cites Risk of Creating More Gamers and Global Warming

Will Gamers Destroy the Planet?

In a stunning move, the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has blocked Microsoft’s proposed £55 billion acquisition of video game publisher Activision, citing concerns about the impact it would have on global warming and the number of gamers it would create.

According to the CMA, the acquisition would result in a significant increase in the number of people playing video games, which would in turn lead to a corresponding increase in carbon emissions from the energy required to power all those consoles and gaming devices.

Microsoft President Brad Smith is reportedly furious about the decision. “This is outrageous,” he said in a statement. “We’re talking about a game company here, not a coal-fired power plant. We’ve gone to great lengths to make our operations more sustainable, and we’re committed to doing even more. This decision is completely unfounded and without merit.”

The Environmental Impact of Video Gaming

The CMA, however, remains steadfast in its decision. “We simply cannot allow the creation of more gamers at this time,” a spokesperson for the agency said. “The risks to the environment are simply too great. We understand that Mr. Smith is upset, but the safety of the planet must come first.”

Critics of the decision have pointed out that the CMA’s concerns about the impact of video gaming on the environment may be somewhat overblown. “Sure, video games use energy, but so do a lot of things,” said one industry analyst. “It’s not like gamers are single-handedly responsible for global warming. This decision seems like a bit of a stretch.”

Microsoft’s Next Move

Despite the controversy, the CMA is standing firm. “We’re not saying people can’t play video games,” the spokesperson said. “We’re just saying that Microsoft can’t buy Activision. If people want to play games, they’ll find a way. But we can’t let corporations run roughshod over the environment in the pursuit of profit.”

In the meantime, Microsoft will have to look elsewhere for its gaming needs. Maybe they can start by investing in some solar-powered consoles?