The UK Competition Commission clears without remedies a merger leading to the largest retailer of video games in the UK (GAME/Gamestation)

In January 2008, the UK Competition Commission cleared the completed acquisition of Gamestation Limited (Gamestation) by GAME Group PLC (GAME), creating the largest retailer of video games in the UK through the combination of the only two national specialist retailers [1]. The merger was approved unconditionally by the Commission, albeit with two of the panel members expressing a dissenting opinion. This Brief examines the source of the differences of opinion amongst the panel members and in so doing highlights two important considerations for the practical assessment of horizontal mergers, namely : the extent to which product differentiation affects the market definition and indeed what role market definition has to play in the competitive assessment; and how to determine the

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Richard Murgatroyd, Adrian Majumdar, Simon Bishop, The UK Competition Commission clears without remedies a merger leading to the largest retailer of video games in the UK (GAME/Gamestation), 16 January 2008, e-Competitions January 2008, Art. N° 22744

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