The EU recently initiated Phase 2 investigations into the Activision-Microsoft affair and Ricardo Cardoso, representative of the European Commissionsuggests the central theme dealt with by the Old Continent antitrust to endorse this billionaire agreement.
As Deputy Head of Unit Interinstitutional & Outreach Views, Cardoso takes up the news of the start of Phase 2 of the EU investigations on the agreement for Activision Blizzard’s entry into the Xbox family and discusses it on social networks with all those who wait with impatience the outcome of the investigation.
The EU representative explains that “the Commission is working to ensure that you still can play Call of Duty on other consoles (including my PlayStation)“. The possessive adjective used by Cardoso to describe the activities carried out by the European antitrust, as easily predictable, has sparked the angry reaction of those who believe that every member of the Commission, regardless of their involvement in antitrust investigations, must maintain an attitude of absolute impartiality towards the companies concerned (directly or not) by this agreement.
In his message, Cardoso, however, underlines the informal nature of his communication on social media in the passage in which he jokes about the image used by the curators of the official Twitter profile of the European Commission to announce Phase 2 of the investigation into the Activision-Microsoft affair: the shot, to say the least ‘anachronistic’, it portrays two boys intent on playing on an unspecified console using two wired controllers.
In recent days, Phil Spencer said he was in favor of deepening the antitrust: the outcome of the investigations, in fact, will contribute to clarify the opportunities and limits of the industry giants to complete such important acquisitions.