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Microsoft signs 10-year deal to offer cloud games through EE

As part of its effort to get the CMA on board with its acquisition of Activision Blizzard, Microsoft has signed a number of 10-year deals, not only guaranteeing Call of Duty on other console platforms but all Xbox first-party titles for various cloud services. The latest 10-year cloud support deal has now been signed, this time with the UK's biggest mobile network, EE. 

In an announcement this morning, Xbox head, Phil Spencer, confirmed the deal, saying: “Microsoft and EE are expanding our partnership with a 10-year commitment in cloud gaming to bring PC games built by Activision Blizzard, following the acquisition, and Xbox to EE customers.”

Microsoft has signed similar cloud gaming deals with companies like Nvidia, Boosteroid and Ubitus. It has also made commitments to continue supporting the Steam store on PC alongside the Windows Store, and Microsoft has signed a 10-year deal to bring Call of Duty to Nintendo consoles. A similar deal has also been offered to Sony for PlayStation consoles but the company has yet to sign as it continues its mission to try and block the merger.

The CMA will be making its final decision on the deal later this month and the EU will follow shortly after, with plans to reach a final decision in May. Over in the US, the FTC is suing to block the deal and all parties involved are preparing for trial.

KitGuru Says: This is all part of the remedies package Microsoft is putting together to convince regulators to approve the deal. We already know from the CMA's last public update that the tides are starting to turn in Microsoft's favour, but the deal with EE could help further. 

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