Recall that a thorough investigation of the transaction by the Federal Trade Commission began in May this year. Some FTC officials considering the deal are reportedly rather skeptical of Microsoft’s arguments. The main concern remains that Activision’s merger with Microsoft could create “unfair momentum” by reducing competition in the console and PC video game distribution markets. One of the main opponents of the deal is Sony. She claims that the merger will lead to players leaving her ecosystem, raising prices on consoles Xbox and a blow to independent developers.
An antitrust lawsuit from the FTC is not guaranteed, and the regulator may make its decision by the end of November. Politico requested a comment from the agency, but it was denied.
Merger deal between Microsoft and Activision Blizzard should be completed by the end of June 2023. It is estimated at 68.7 billion dollars.
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