Only this week it became known that the European Commission still does not want to approve the acquisition of Activision Blizzard by Microsoft and wants to initiate a second phase of investigations. It’s still mainly about the danger of a monopoly through which Microsoft could control large parts of the gaming market. We have often reported on the whole fuss surrounding the deal, most recently about Phil Spencer, who can certainly understand the concerns of the commission. However, a tweet from one of the commissioners who is taking a closer look at the deal has now raised the suspicion that the investigations could not be completely neutral. The European Commission has now responded to and denied these reports of alleged bias in favor of Sony.
You have to be able to play Call of Duty on the Playstation too!
In the aforementioned tweet, Ricardo Cardoso, Deputy Head of Unit Interinstitutional & Public Relations at the European Commission, emphasizes that games like Call of Duty must continue to be available for consoles other than Xbox. He then writes in brackets that this also means “his Playstation”:
As a result, Cardoso was accused by many of not evaluating the deal neutrally and possibly even preferring the other side in the form of Sony. Some joked in the comments, for example, about other games like Spiderman or The Last of Us, which are not available for the Xbox either.
Shortly after the first tweet was published, Cardoso followed up with another, emphasizing that he was not directly involved in the investigation into the deal. Rather, he is part of the “GROW” sub-segment that takes care of the domestic market, industry, entrepreneurship and SMEs.
Cardaso not involved in the proceedings
According to an email obtained by tweaktown.com, Cardoso is not involved in monitoring the deal between Microsoft and Activision, nor did he intend to express any bias against Sony with his tweet. The comment is only of a private nature and does not refer to the handling of the procedure.
Nevertheless, many initially got the impression that the European Commission was biased and might even drop the deal altogether. However, the Commission’s answer should make it clear that Cardoso was not directly involved and that the tweet reflects his private opinion, even if it didn’t look like it at first. But the whole thing leaves a bad aftertaste.
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However, it is still unclear how the 70 billion deal is doing. In any case, Microsoft doesn’t seem to care; according to Phil Spencer, they’re still happily buying up new studios. Read more about this in our article. Do you understand the EU Commission’s concerns about a monopoly or would you be happy if Call of Duty was soon to be in Game Pass? Write it in the comments!