Politico that is report “According to three people familiar with the matter,” the Federal Trade Commission said, ““It is likely that Microsoft will file an antitrust lawsuit to block its $69 billion acquisition of video game giant Activision Blizzard.”
JFTC, Encouraged by the recent success in stopping a publisher merger Penguin Random House and Simon & Schusterhas not yet made an official announcement. Politico report To tell”a Lawsuits challenging the transaction are not guaranteed. “
however,”“Much of the hard work” has already been done, including receiving depositions from Microsoft bosses (Satya Nadella) And Activision Blizzard (Bobby Kotick).For this reason, “IIf the agency goes ahead with the lawsuit, it could come next month as well. “
Antitrust litigation has fairly clear goals. The FTC is Leading platform holder Acquiring Activision Blizzard, one of the world’s largest third-party publishers, gives Microsoft an unfair advantage.e at the market.
That discussion and process is already underway in Europe. Earlier this month, the European Union said,commence a full-scale investigation into the proposed transaction, say in a statement:
The Commission’s preliminary findings indicate that the transaction has the potential to significantly reduce competition in the console and PC video game distribution and PC operating system markets, including multi-game subscription services and/or cloud game streaming services. It is shown that there is
Preliminary research suggests that Microsoft may have the ability to engage in foreclosure tactics against distributors of Microsoft’s competing console video games, as well as potential financial incentives.
In the UK, on the other hand, The Competitive Markets Authority Also investigate the transaction, say it merger “It could be expected that competition for goods or services in any of the UK markets would be significantly reduced. “
Interestingly, Politico report also referred to Google as an “inferior” opponent of the merger, saying:Microsoft claims that Microsoft intentionally undermined the quality of its Game Pass subscription service when used with Google’s Chrome operating system, and that owning Activision increases the incentive to do so and You end up turning hardware sales to Microsoft and away from Google.