The US consumer watchdog, the Federal Trade Commission, is considering filing a lawsuit against Microsoft over the company’s proposed $68.7 billion (£57 billion) acquisition of Activision Blizzard. America Magazine politics reports that three anonymous sources with knowledge of the potential antitrust lawsuit have stated that it could happen in December, although any such lawsuit is not guaranteed. The four FTC commissioners have yet to vote to decide the complaint and have not met with an attorney for Microsoft or Activision Blizzard, two of the sources said.
Similar to UK and European Union competition regulators, the FTC is investigating Microsoft’s intention to acquire Activision Blizzard over concerns that the deal could harm competition and choice. of consumers in the gaming industry. European Commission announced earlier this month that it would further investigate the possible acquisition, citing the possibility that Microsoft would cut off competitors’ access to popular Activision Blizzard games, such as the Call Of series Duty.
Here in the UK, the Competition and Markets Authority is continuing with the second phase of its investigation into the acquisition. This week, they published statements from both Microsoft and competitor Sony, which were first submitted last month but are now available to the public. public. In its statement, Sony claimed Microsoft could use its ownership of Activision Blizzard to increase the price of games and Game Pass subscription services, while undermining innovation and quality in the industry. Maybe they forgot Advanced their own game price to $70 and up the cost of PS5.
I will continue to bring you more information about Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard as things develop. Looks like the game industry consolidation is starting to look a bit more complicated.
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