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Virtual Legality Episode 430

Europe Approves Microsoft + Bethesda! But Reports WRONG on USA

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The European Union (through its European Commission) has approved the Microsoft + Bethesda merger! That's big news, but apparently not big enough for several major gaming news outlets like GamesIndustry, IGN, Kotaku, and more.

But as we've talked about in this space, while there is much to be commended in investigation via diving through Microsoft's SEC EDGAR filings, Form S-4 and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) aren't the answer.

Big stuff today, but let's get the facts right...in Virtual Legality.

#Microsoft #Zenimax #Merger


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Discussed in this episode:
"US Securities & Exchange Commission has approved Microsoft/ZeniMax acquisition"
Tweet - March 8, 2021 - GamesIndustry
https://twitter.com/GIBiz/status/1368918927288524803

"Microsoft's ZeniMax acquisition approved by SEC"
GamesIndustry - March 8, 2021
https://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2021-03-08-microsofts-zenimax-acquisition-approved-by-sec

"Microsoft's acquisition of ZeniMax (which includes Bethesda) has taken two major steps towards completion"
Tweet - March 8, 2021 - IGN
https://twitter.com/IGN/status/1368924779445633024

"Microsoft-Bethesda Acquisition Takes Two Major Steps Towards Completion"
IGN - March 8, 2021
https://www.ign.com/articles/microsoft-bethesda-acquisition-takes-two-major-steps-towards-completion

"Regulators Approve Microsoft's $7.5 Billion Acquisition Of Bethesda Parent Company Zenimax Media"
Kotaku - March 8, 2021
https://kotaku.com/regulators-approve-microsofts-7-5-billion-acquisition-1846429087

Microsoft EDGAR Filings
As of March 5, 2021
https://www.sec.gov/cgi-bin/browse-edgar?CIK=0000789019&action=getcompany

Microsoft Form S-4 Filing - Notice of Effectiveness
Effective March 4, 2021
https://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/789019/999999999521000839/9999999995-21-000839-index.htm

Microsoft's S-4 Prospectus (as amended)
https://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/789019/000119312521069628/d30757d424b3.htm

"NOT MERGED YET: On Microsoft, Bethesda, and Securities Law (Form S-4) (VL429)"
YouTube Video - March 5, 2021 - Hoeg Law
https://youtu.be/sQVoK8S6JVE

"Microsoft to acquire ZeniMax Media and its game publisher Bethesda Softworks"
Microsoft Press Release - September 21, 2021
https://news.microsoft.com/2020/09/21/microsoft-to-acquire-zenimax-media-and-its-game-publisher-bethesda-softworks/

"EU approves Microsoft’s $7.5 billion Bethesda acquisition"
The Verge - March 8, 2021
https://www.theverge.com/2021/3/8/22315104/microsoft-bethesda-acquisition-eu-approval-deal

"Premerger Notification and the Merger Review Process"
FTC Website
https://www.ftc.gov/tips-advice/competition-guidance/guide-antitrust-laws/mergers/premerger-notification-merger-review


"Virtual Legality" is a continuing series discussing the law, video games, software, and everything digital, hosted by Richard Hoeg, of the Hoeg Law Business Law Firm (Hoeg Law).

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