Xbox’s Phil Spencer is staying the course: Microsoft’s long-delayed acquisition of Activision Blizzard will occur, he mentioned on Sunday.

Spencer made the remark at an Xbox occasion referred to as What’s Subsequent For Gaming right now, where he emphasised that “Microsoft may be very dedicated, we’re very dedicated” to the acquisition. The present main hurdle for the acquisition is the UK’s Competitors and Market Authority, which has blocked the deal. Each Microsoft and Activision are interesting the authority’s resolution. The FTC within the US has additionally not but permitted the deal.

“We’re on the market to seek out options with the regulators which have questions, and that is what we’re actively doing,” mentioned Spencer, following up that regulators had issues in many alternative areas, however that Microsoft had spent vital time on the deal. “We’re attempting to get to options. We did that with the European Fee. I am assured we’ll discover options within the different areas as properly. It is taking time, it is taking focus, however I am assured.”

It is a characteristically unruffled response from Spencer, who hasn’t publicly wavered on his enthusiasm for the Microsoft-Activision acquisition because it was introduced some 18 months in the past, setting the gaming, finance, and media worlds abuzz with its document excessive numbers. If permitted, Microsoft’s deal to wholly purchase Activision-Blizzard can be by some metrics the most important acquisition of a media company in historical past—nearly as a lot cash as Disney paid to accumulate twenty first Century Fox, for instance. It’s going to definitely be the most important gaming-related acquisition by an outrageous diploma.

Phil Spencer shouldn’t be the one one that thinks there’s an opportunity. Simply this week, a gaming trade analyst with outstanding funding financial institution Jeffries famous that Microsoft does have an actual likelihood of closing the acquisition deal. As reported by SeekingAlpha, Jefferies analyst Andrew Uerkwitz thinks there is a “greater than zero” however “lower than half” likelihood the acquisition will get permitted. 

That evaluation got here after rumors mentioned that it was potential Microsoft would merely pull Activision out of the UK market to bypass the deal, letting an area associate take over publishing for Activision and Blizzard video games there—an association very like what Blizzard at the moment has in China. “We do not consider Microsoft ought to go this far or essentially will go this far, however based mostly on the commentary from Microsoft, it appears believable,” mentioned Uerkwitz.

In fact, if Phil Spencer will get his means, that will not be wanted in any respect. That is all a part of the plan for him, with this 12 months’s Xbox showcase emphasizing that Microsoft is on observe to turn out to be the PC game publishing big it in all probability at all times ought to have been.