Purchase of Activision Blizzard: US regulatory agency may be a major obstacle to Microsoft
Main United States Trade Regulation Body, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) should become the main obstacle to the purchase of Activision Blizzard by Microsoft. According to the Political News Portal, the entity will come with an antitrust-meant lawsuit to combat monopolies or cartoons in the market to block the acquisition of the company responsible for franchises such as Call of Duty, Diablo and Overwatch by the Xbox consoles manufacturer.
According to sources heard by the site, the process opened by FTC to block the sale of one of the world's largest game companies to Microsoft would be the largest ever opened by the agency under the command of Lina Khan, both for the size of the companies involved and the figures of the purchase of Activision Blizzard: US $68.7 billion. Lina Khan even has a number of pronouncements in which she criticizes the excessive power of large corporations.
Although the antitrust process is not given as certain by the politician, but that the employees of the committee responsible for evaluating the possible sale of Activision Blizzard to Microsoft have not yet been convinced by the arguments presented by the two companies, which deny that the transaction would configure some type monopoly or unfairly unbalanced the dispute in the console market.
One of the main stakeholders in the ban on the sale, Sony has been making several accusations against Microsoft, even saying that the Redmond giant would have the desire to turn the PlayStation platform into a kind of Nintendo, with few gunfire-oriented gaming. 18 years for violent content.
Today, the biggest point of concern for the FTC team that analyzes the case is that Microsoft managed to, with the acquisition of Activision Blizzard, an unfair competitive advantage for the Xbox system in direct competition with PlayStation consoles, especially Due to the enormous popularity of the Call of Duty franchise on both platforms and PCs, a platform in which the main titles published by Xbox Game Studios are usually released, including the latest franchise titles such as Halo, Gears and Fora.
According to the politician, most of the FTC analysis work has already been completed, including interviews with Microsoft's executive executives, and Bobby Kick, CEO of Activision Blizzard. Soon, the FTC should finally announce the decision to open the antitrust process of the case.
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