Microsoft-Activision Deal to Continue Facing Legal Challenge From FTC

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has decided to continue pursuing its legal challenge against the Microsoft–Activision Blizzard deal despite recent setbacks. The decision comes as a bit of a surprise after the regulator’s British counterpart, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), provisionally approved the merger.

What’s next for Microsoft, Activision, and the FTC?
As reported by Bloomberg, the FTC believes it has a strong case against the merger due to its anti-competitive nature. The regulator will first exhaust the federal appeals process before moving forward with its in-house trial. Its appeal is against the recent court verdict allowing Microsoft and Activision to close the deal in October.

“The FTC continues to believe this deal is a threat to competition,” a spokesperson told Bloomberg, adding that the regulator’s “current focus is on the federal appeals process.” Microsoft and Activision, on the other hand, are determined to seal the deal in October.

In the event that the FTC ultimately wins its case against Microsoft and Activision Blizzard, the Xbox maker may be required to divest. However, following recent remedies proposed by Microsoft — including but not limited to handing over Activision cloud gaming rights to Ubisoft — it’s unlikely that the FTC will win.

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Sad to see this happening. I have been waiting for the cod games to come out on the game pass


geez, I hope it ends with the FTC swiftly, don't want this to drag out months and months ffs


jeez jfc I thought this was all over with now

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