Microsoft's Activision Blizzard Acquisition Will Reportedly Be Hit By Federal Antitrust Lawsuit

Microsoft's Activision Blizzard Acquisition Will Reportedly Be Hit By Federal Antitrust Lawsuit

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Matt Lorrigan

Microsoft's huge $70 billion acquisition of Activision Blizzard is set to be hit by an antitrust lawsuit from the US Federal Trade Commission, according to a report by Politico.

According to the publication's sources, the FTC is looking likely to file the antitrust lawsuit within the next month, in order to block the deal from going through, although as it stands a lawsuit to challenge the deal “is not guaranteed”.

The reasoning behind the possible action is due to concerns that the acqusition would give Microsoft an “unfair boost” compared to its competitors, particularly PlayStation, with the Call of Duty franchise proving to be the biggest talking point.

“Any suggestion that the transaction could lead to anticomp effects is completely absurd. This merger will benefit gamers and the US gaming industry, especially as we face increasingly stiff competition from abroad,” said Activision spokesperson Joe Christinat. 

“We are committed to continuing to work cooperatively with regulators around the globe to allow the transaction to proceed, but will not hesitate to fight to defend the transaction if required.”

According to Politico, Microsoft and Activision Blizzard need to complete the deal by July, to avoid the need to renegotiate the deal. If the FTC filed a lawsuit within the next few months, it would likely stop the deal being completed by July, and could see the two companies change or even abandon the deal.

The FTC isn't the first organisation to challenge Microsoft on the deal, with the UK Competition and Markets Authority also launching an investigation into the deal.

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  • I'm seriously... they can NOT make an original AAA games like $ony, and living on 2 legacy games that ether are bad or just a racing games and when they make an very good original AAA game, you find out its very short for that price they asking.
    So now, after the big fail to the abyss they start to steal games from Zony or fans like a brat rich from his daddy moneys.
    As a pro gamer not a troll this time, I say: Damn you Micro$oft you are the problem of gaming industry.
  • @1
    So, it's cool for Sony to keep Spiderman from being multi-platform, keeping Final Fantasy exclusive for years, getting platform exclusive content in multi-plat games, but when MS wants to buy a company, suddenly it's a problem even though MS has already said they would at least honor current contracts regarding CoD? And frankly, I don't seem them making CoD exclusive as that would cut off a sales market. I mean, after they bought Mojang, they didn't drop minecraft support for other platforms nor have they made any spinoffs Xbox/PC exclusive.
  • Whatever Sony´s fans say against Microsoft, it is clear to anyone that Sony is the greedy and envious one here in the game industry. Sony has kept away a lot of games to be exclusive to Playstation, yet Microsoft support other platforms even when they own certain studio. Microsoft is not making COD an Xbox exclusive, but Sony would have done it for sure if given the chance. Remember Yakuza series when these greedy ones made it exclusive for PS. Sega is not property of Sony, however they made all the games an exclusive. And only through Phil Spencer negotiations with Sega, it was possible to bring the franchise to Xbox years later. And a lot of examples of the same sort can be given. So, the real problem to game industry is not Microsoft, but Sony instead.
  • @2 - glitch12
    I would say you have a point in that context if you put in your way, but that what I meant in first comment.
    1-, Insomniac Games who made Spiderman, that Micro$oft has reject the deal with Marvel so $ony take the deal and give to Insomniac Games, after the big success Spiderman... Micro$oft want that the hard work from Insomniac Games of course. Not mention that Insomniac Games want Zony to buy them because they hate to work for Micro$oft for how they treat them in past.
    2- As far as Final Fantasy (and I'm hardcore fan btw.).... its belong to Sony, its out the question (its like Mario belong to Nintendo) , why would Sony give it or share it with M$??? it's like to ask Nintendo to give or share Mario with Sony or M$ or even SEGA when they have own console, get it?! beside there is four times M$ had chance with Final Fantasy..... yet all of them were really bad compere it when it was with Sony only. So no Final Fantasy to M$ nor Nintendo, we do NOT want bad a Final Fantasy simple is that, at less no Final Fantasy 7 Remake.
    3- The streak of bad games or no games that M$ made (and you know better about it) have no right to buy company or should say to steal from the gamer from another platforms not only to steal but to put the games on Game Pass too???!!! this is bad for gaming industry in long-term, instead to make good AAA games for Xbox fans, nope lets steal games from other fans and ["forcing players who want to play the iconic Activision-Blizzard (and Bethesda) franchises to their console"] - dreadnaught_.
    Imagine $ony or M$ buy Mario from Nintendo, how the fans gonna feel?! Are they gonna play Zelda only or whatever is or it's gonna be a game over to Nintendo since the fans of Mario went to Zony or M$ and the hardcore fans of Nintendo left with nothing but dust.
    (Sorry if my English are bad).
  • OMG
    I would say you have a point in that context if you put in your way, but that what NOT* I meant in first comment.

    WILL YOU PUT AN EDIT COMMENT BUTTON.
  • @3 - CANTINFLAS
    What "greedy" you talking to?? go see how many Zony made AAA games in PS4 and compere it to XboxOne, Why MicroZoft can not make good games like Zony since they have money? I really want buy Xbox for once but its like buying bad version PlayStation. and about Yakuza series why did not M$ buy it then since they have B-illions cash in their is banks, do not blame $ony if they bought it, they atless care about the gamers unlike M$, beside SEGA was the seller which they can refuse the deal exclusive it on Zony so the blame should ether to go $EGA or M$ and NOT $ony
  • King of Trolls It is clear you don't like Microsoft nor its games. And I respect that, because you don't have to. But saying that they are bad games just because they don't like you is a biased opinion. What is the problem with Game Pass? Sony was the company copying the bussiness model from Microsoft in the first place. Sony can have the vast majority of IPS, but the real innovation is coming from Microsoft in this terrain. Another biased opinion is saying that an Xbox is a bad version of a Play Station, because BOTH consoles have their own pros and cons. Are you jealous because Microsoft have billions and is way richer and more powerful in general than your favorite game company? Because it seems to be this way. Stop being a fan boy. And no, Sony didn't own those games like Yakuza or FF (Square Enix is not Sony's property. If so, FF would never have come to Xbox), Sony took them away from the competition by making developers sign greedy contracts either for time exclusivity or full exclusivity. The vast majority of Xbox owners don't care for IP's created by Sony, but for those which were not created by Sony and that nevertheless and to put it in some way, are kidnapped by Sony to never see the light on other platforms.
  • @7 I was gonna point out a few of the things you just did, but didn't really feel like feeding a very obvious Sony fanboy/troll. But yeah you pretty much hit it on the head. Sony never owned some of these IPs like Troll claimed. They owned distribution rights of FF but that's completely different.

    Honestly most of the non-biased Sony fans I've talked to, the ones who can see things objectively, think Jim Ryan is making an ass of himself because he's a hypocrite who only has an issue because currently the shoe is on the other foot. Sony has spent a lot of money on exclusivity deals which also, Troll just so you know, isn't the same as producing in house IPs like you seem to be praising Sony for and condemning MS for.
  • @ 7 and 8
    Both your replays are shallow, seriously, let me show you before I answer you both in different comment then this (if I'm in mood). I need go to King of Trolls mode now first for this reply.

    "Are you jealous because Microsoft have billions and is way richer and more powerful in general than your favorite game company?"
    -mmmmm VERY jealous of Microsoft way richer and more powerful.... WOW.... I just wonder How they get "richer" from Sony while Sony had success on PS4 console and games over Xbox , unless you count PC Windows too, of course without Windows they will never buys Activision-Blizzard Bethesda.... unlike Sony when they buy something they use money from what they earn from Playstation.
    "But saying that they are bad games just because they don't like you is a biased opinion."
    - Its not biased opinion its fact, if not, then, name games good as Sony games or at less unique like Nintendo, because I can see my self buying Nintendo Switch now but Xbox sX not, tell me, I have PS5 now, why I would buy Xbox sX now?? I do not care about renting games (Game Pass) I have money to buy games at full price, or the POWER, I need good reason to buy Xbox sX.
    -Sony took FF long before Xbox even exist, so they have FULL right to fight M$ or any company for it, FF made big success from Playstation in past and you M$ to steal that success??!! beside there is four times M$ had chance with Final Fantasy..... yet all of them were really bad compere it when it was with Sony only. So no Final Fantasy to M$ nor Nintendo, we do NOT want bad a Final Fantasy simple is that, at less no Final Fantasy 7 Remake.
    And about Yakuza "read my comment 6"

    @7 CHELshock
    Where I did say Sony claimed this some IP? stop putting words into my mouth, Sony have right fight for FF its not like they took it from Xbox anyway, sorry. I hope with my heart your Xbox never touch FF ever again.
    "Sony has spent a lot of money on exclusivity deals which also"
    You are very right BUT they never took games from the gamer like Call of Duty and many more like M$ did. And why you never go to M$ telling them to make not a lot games but high-end games exclusive for Xbox like $ony do, I mean they have B-illions so that even I "very obvious Sony fanboy/troll" go buy a Xbox. Dummy.
  • Jesus. This King of Trolls is looney tunes.
  • @10 - WingcommanderIV

    Thanks for the praise doc
  • They're literally called The King of Trolls, people.

    Don't feed them.
  • @12 - Dervius
    I wonder what your comment be like if I don't called King of Trolls?!
    Let me guess
    "Man you speak very truth, I can NOT even reply to your facts, I was blind all this time that M$ are indeed the problem the gaming of industry, I love man, YOU ARE MY HERO" - Dervius.
  • I will name for you a list of Xbox Exclusive games, though they are great and loved for many people and even playstation owners, you will probably say that they are all trash just because you are an obnoxious TROLL.

    1: Gears of War
    2: Halo
    3: Forza both Motorsport or Horizon series
    4: Psychonauts 1 & 2
    5: Sunset Overdrive
    6: The Medium
    7: Flight simulator
    8: Scorn
    9: Song of Iron
    10: Unexplored 2: The Wayfarer’s Legacy
    11: Recore
    12: The Gunk
    13: The artful escape
    14: The Ascent
    15: Battletoads
    16: Ori and the blind forest and Ori the will of wisps
    17: Velocity G
    18: Alien Cruise
    19: Ghost of a tale
    20: Crackdown 3
    21: Below
    22: Ashen
    23: State of decay
    24: Super Lucky's tale
    25: Zoo tycoon
    26: Cuphead
    27: A walk in the dark
    28: Phantom dust
    29: Voodo Vince remaster
    30: Dead Rising 3 and 4
    31: Inside
    32: Quantum Break
    33: Killer Instinct
    34: Scream Ride
    35: Project Spark
    36: Titanfall
    37: Max and the Curse of the brotherhood
    38: Ryse son of Rome
    39: Fable
    40: Starfield (the following games are not out yet, but probably they will be a blast)
    41: The Outer worlds 2
    42: Elder Scrolls 6
    43: Redfall
    44: Planet of lana
    45: Everwild
    46: Fable remake
    47: Hellblade 2
    48: Stalker 2
    49: Avowed
    50: Fallout 5

    Do you want some more? Eat your heart out you troll.
  • @14 - CANTINFLAS
    stop putting words into my mouth, I did not say "all trash".
    I tell you what, say you "LOVE ME " and I will reply to you, deal? ok.
    And stop given thumb up on your all comments fanboy, one or two comments is ok but not all on your comments, spying is my middle name.
  • Looney tunes or just straight stupid. His entire, inept, barely comprehensible gibberish is basically: “I don’t have an Xbox, and I love PlayStation. I am fine with and support PlayStation withholding games from Xbox players, because it doesn’t affect me and I can then gloat on online forums while touching myself. I am against Xbox withholding games from PlayStation because that does affect me and I would be sad.. while touching myself”. As a real final fantasy fan myself, Sony has gatekept the franchise for many iterations by buying and holding the rights to the square Enix franchise. It was not always owned by Sony, they bought the rights and kept it away from other consoles. How is that any different than Microsoft buying the rights to a franchise? The only difference is that Microsoft won’t keep it from other consoles, but they will have leverage with Sony to negotiate more cross platform ips.
  • @King of Trolls, I put a like to any comment I agree with. What is the problem with that? Your comments in the other hand, are a bunch of Sony fanboyist gibberish.
    All in this forum have given you straight and cold facts, yet you keep denying everything, insulting and making fun of everyone.

    @wounded82 You hit the nail in the head with your last comment, bro. Nice.
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