It's easy to hate on a company that is struggling you know what I mean? Why can't you be more like X or Y. It's not really that straight forward. And there isn't only 1 path to success. Sony has done it their way. Nintendo theirs. MS is trying to do it their way and the restrictions placed on them is what puts them into this position. It's a bit like people asking AMD to produce something that is equivalent or better than Nvidia, after following what they do. They're just behind you know what I mean, they didn't put their resources there, and the only way to catch up time, is to buy it. And people don't want them to.
Aren't these restrictions necessary? Microsoft can literally purchase all the major game publishers without breaking a sweat and severely harm competition without proper regulation. The FTC, CMA, and the rest of these regulatory bodies are "suppose" to challenge these types of moves/acquisitions on making sure that the playing field is somewhat balanced and not lopsided (at least in theory). No one is preventing Microsoft from money-hating exclusives (like Sony) or purchasing midsize gaming studios (like Sony). People claim they want competition, but what happens if Sony is pushed out? Then what, they should have made better games (sounds a little hypocritical, don't you think)? Microsoft doesn't need another publisher, what they need, is to stop making boneheaded moves and decisions that affects their brand.
Regardless of peoples feelings about CMA's decision on blocking the acquisition (right or wrong), or reasons for it (right or wrong), however, at the end of the day, the process of arriving at that decision worked (the process that worked all other times for Microsoft, and Sony as well). A legitimate and legal process of sorting these types of things out. Just as CAT will be the legitimate and legal process for Microsoft to challenge CMA's decision (if CAT decides to take it up).