The United States Securities and Exchange Commission officially approved Microsoft's acquisition of Bethesda this week, removing one of the last hurdles the companies had to face before officially joining forces.
The SEC has published a "notice of effectiveness" on its website, which it uses when accepting a company's registration. The "S-4" on the page indicates the notice is related to a merger or acquisition, and a linked document for the notice lists Microsoft's registration amount as $7.5 billion. That's the amount Microsoft plans to pay for Bethesda.
The SEC approval arrives the same week the European Commission is set to decide on the merger overseas. The EC's approval would be the final go-ahead the two companies need to officially join forces. The Commission has yet to publicize its ruling, but it's expected to approve the acquisition — it said as much when it received notification from Microsoft about the deal in January.
"On preliminary examination, the Commission finds that the notified transaction could fall within the scope of the Merger Regulation," the Commission said at the time. "However, the final decision on this point is reserved."