Microsoft’s Zenimax acquisition approved by EU

first_imgJames BatchelorEditor-in-ChiefMonday 8th March 2021Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareCompanies in this articleBethesda SoftworksMicrosoftXboxZeniMax Media[Editor’s note: This story originally reported erroneously that the merger had also received approval by the Securities and Exchange Commission. We regret the error.]Microsoft’s acquisition of ZeniMax has cleared a significant hurdle on the way toward closing as the European Commission ruled on Friday that it has no objection to the deal.The decision on the Commission’s website simply cites Article 6(1)(b) of the EC Merger Regulation, which states that after examining a potential merger or acquisition, “(b) Where it finds that the concentration notified, although falling within the scope of this Regulation, does not raise serious doubts as to its compatibility with the common market, [the Commission] shall decide not to oppose it and shall declare that it is compatible with the common market.”Related JobsEnvironment Artists – New IP South East Creative AssemblyLead Sound Designer South East Creative AssemblyRemote Environment Artist Console Studio UK UK & Europe Big PlanetDiscover more jobs in games Microsoft filed its request for approval with the European Commission’s antitrust regulators in January.Microsoft announced its plans to acquire ZeniMax for $7.5 billion back in September, which will grant it ownership of major IP such as The Elder Scrolls, Fallout and Doom.The platform holder has said it will decide on a case-by-case basis whether to make certain titles exclusive to its own ecosystem, but is honoring previously agreed upon exclusivity agreements, such as Arkane-developed Deathloop coming to PlayStation.Additional reporting by Brendan Sinclairlast_img read more

Your Fellow Diners’ Size May Affect How Much You Eat

first_imgNPR:Your dining companion may have more influence over your eating habits than you realize. We’ve known that people often have friends with similar body weights, but new research suggests that dining with an overweight companion may make us more likely to eat more unhealthful food.A study in the appropriately named journal Appetite finds that undergraduates who were offered pasta and salad while eating near a 5-foot-5-inch, 126-pound woman would eat more pasta when she was zipped into a fat suit adding 50 pounds, or about 8 points, to her body mass index.“We’ve long known that what a person [you’re with] orders can influence what you order,”Brian Wansink, director of the Cornell University Food and Brand Lab and one of the study’s authors, tells The Salt. “We haven’t known as fully how the size of the person who you might be with, how they influence us.”Read the whole story: NPR More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more

Sage Karam: Dario Franchitti supported Iowa moves

first_imgDespite criticism from Ed Carpenter, Sage Karam (right) said Dario Franchitti thought he did a good job racing at Iowa Speedway.Despite criticism from Ed Carpenter, Sage Karam (right) said Dario Franchitti thought he did a good job racing at Iowa Speedway. Dario Franchitti (left) and Sage Karam in the pits after practice at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, May 16, 2015.Dario Franchitti (left) and Sage Karam in the pits after practice at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, May 16, 2015.IndyCar Series rookie Sage Karam, who got caught in Ed Carpenter’s crosshairs late in last weekend’s race at Iowa Speedway, said he received the support of a person who matters to him: Dario Franchitti.Franchitti is coaching Karam’s first season at Ganassi Racing, and Karam said the four-time series champion gave him the thumbs up following the close duel with Carpenter, who accused Karam of dangerous driving after it appeared Karam twice squeezed him against the outside wall on the front straightaway.“Dario gives me the hardest time more than anybody in the paddock,” Karam said on WFNI (1070-AM)’s “Trackside” radio show. “If I do something wrong, he’s going to tell me, and after Iowa he was very pleased. He said I did nothing wrong, so I take that as I did nothing wrong.Cavin: New IndyCar rule makes series look silly“After Detroit, Dario was the first person to tell me I was driving like an idiot. He’ll tell me if I’m doing something wrong, and he won’t be scared to do it. There’s only been a few times when I’ve pleased him, and Iowa was one of them.”Franchitti has not publicly commented on the Iowa incident, and Karam did not receive a penalty, much less a warning, for his driving.However, Karam said race officials told him after the race that he was “cutting it a little close” given the five-race probation period he was placed under after avoidable contact with Jack Hawksworth in Detroit. Iowa was the fifth race in that sanction.Follow Curt Cavin on Facebook and Twitter: @curtcavinMiles on new IndyCar rule: ‘This is not a gag order’last_img read more

AUDIO: FIFA Sanction Is Unfortunate And Embarrassing – Toyin Ibitoye

first_imgSuper Eagles media officer, Toyin Ibitoye, has described the recent FIFA hammer on Nigeria as unfortunate and embarrassing, but believes it is a sign of good things to come.Nigeria was fined $6,000 and made to forfeit the final WC qualifier against Algeria in Constantine last month for fielding defender Shehu Abdulahi who should have been suspended after picking up two yellow cards in the qualifying series.In an interview earlier today, the ace sports journalist said: “there are several levels of checks that the NFF put in place, but how this slipped through is just shocking.”“that the game was not decider is a big relief for us, we just to ensure we always re-check, re-check and re-check.” he added.According to Ibitoye, it was not time for blame games but rather time to forge ahead with more caution that could see us ultimately do very well at next year’s FIFA World cup in Russia.Meanwhile, Ibitoye who is with the Super Eagles in Kano, insists the NPFL Super 6 invitational tourney will be a good warm up for the team ahead of the CHAN competition in January.“The tournament will help us to see areas that need to be worked on, it’s an opportunity to jump – start our preparations for CHAN.” he said.The Super Eagles play NPFL Champions Plateau United on Wednesday afternoon, in their first game of the Invitational tournament that also features Akwa United, Enyimba, MFM, and Kano Pillars. Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.RelatedEagles In World Cup Boost As MO Declares Leicester City Star Will Be Fit For Russia 2018May 8, 2018In “National Team”2019 AFCON Qualifiers Moved Till OctoberNovember 17, 2017In “Africa”DR Congo Friendly Will Still Hold – Eagles MOMay 12, 2018In “National Team”last_img read more