The European Commission has responded to reports of alleged bias in favor of Sony over the proposed merger between Microsoft and Activision.
The European Commission had to deal with allegations of bias last week after an employee of a department not involved in the transaction responded in a personal tweet to the review of the takeover.
Ricardo Cardoso, Deputy Head of the Inter-Agency & Outreach Unit, stressed on Twitter a few days ago that the “Commission is working to ensure that players can also play Call of Duty on other consoles (including my Playstation)”.
This statement was criticized by some players because of an alleged bias on the part of the authority, especially since Microsoft had repeatedly emphasized that “Call of Duty” will remain on the PlayStation even after the takeover has taken place.
No participation in the exam
In a statement to Tweakdown the European Commission once again pointed out that Cardoso is in no way involved in the process and that his tweet reflects his personal view of things.
“Mr Cardoso works in the Directorate-General for the Internal Market and not in the Directorate-General for Competition,” the statement said.
“Mr. Cardoso is not involved in evaluating this transaction. Also, as clearly stated on his Twitter profile, he is tweeting in his personal capacity.”
Cardoso had also classified his tweet correctly in advance: “To be clear: I am not involved in evaluating the merger and do not even work in the department that deals with mergers. As can be seen from my profile, my comments are personal and do not constitute the opinion of the Commission, whose decision will be based on the facts and the law.”
In addition, some fans had problems with the phrase “my PlayStation”. Here, however, Cardoso seems to be referring to one of the consoles he owns and not to a specific affiliation.
The European Commission went into a two weeks ago more in-depth examination, which examines the market impact of the proposed acquisition in more detail. Microsoft assured that the “Call of Duty” brand should remain on the PlayStation consoles in the long term. But the takeover of Bethesda already showed that the company is primarily aiming for exclusive content for the Xbox.
“The Commission is concerned that the proposed acquisition could affect competition in the markets for the distribution of video games for consoles and PCs and for PC operating systems,” the Commission said in support of the larger investigation.
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While there have been shaky rumors and speculation recently that the deal could collapse, investors are becoming increasingly nervous. The price fell from just over 80 euros in August to currently just over 71 euros per share. Microsoft’s bid, on the other hand, is 95 dollars, which corresponds to around 92 euros at the current exchange rate.
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