The FTC may file an antitrust lawsuit to block Microsoft’s purchase of Activision

Microsoft’s $69 billion purchase of Activision Blizzard has faced scrutiny from antitrust investigators in several countries. In the United States, for example, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) began investigating the acquisition shortly after it was announced. Now, the FTC is reportedly ready to take action and likely file an antitrust lawsuit to block Microsoft’s massive purchase. Politico. Microsoft failed to convince FTC staff reviewing the deal with its arguments, of Politico But the agency’s commissioners have yet to vote on whether to file a complaint or meet with lawyers, sources said.

While a case is not yet 100 percent guaranteed, the commission is said to have taken the biggest parts of the investigation, including depositions from Microsoft chief Satya Nadella and Activision CEO Bobby Kotick. If the FTC ultimately decides to file a lawsuit, it could do so as soon as next month. The publication said the commission will likely file the case in its own domestic administrative court, since it does not have to first bring it to federal court to seek a temporary injunction. Given that other regulators are also eyeing the acquisition, it won’t be able to go through until sometime next year (if it is ultimately allowed to do so).

In the UK, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) launched an in-depth investigation into the deal in September. And more recently, the European Commission announced that it would launch a full-scale investigation into Microsoft’s purchase. Like these two European regulators, the FTC is concerned that the acquisition would give Microsoft an unfair advantage in the gaming sector and that it could significantly reduce competition in the market.

Sony has been one of the most vocal opponents of the deal and has expressed concern that Microsoft could create valuable IP Call of Duty An Xbox exclusive. Jim Ryan, CEO of Sony PlayStation, previously revealed that Microsoft only offered to keep Call of Duty Available on PlayStation for three years after the end of the current contract. But Xbox chief Phil Spencer recently said the company is “not taking Call of Duty From PlayStation.” In Microsoft’s latest filing with the CMA, it argued that the acquisition would not give it an unfair advantage: Sony has more exclusive games than Xbox, it said, and many of them are of “higher quality.”

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