Catch up, you understand. One year after the deal was announced.
Microsoft has been actively buying up game studios in recent years, and earlier this year announced the takeover of Activision Blizzard. If the transaction is completed, and it is now undergoing the approval process in the antitrust authorities, then at the disposal of the Redmond Corporation will be about a dozen new studios and a huge number of game franchises. To say that this is a blow to competition in the video game market is to say nothing. And it seems that the awareness of this reality has finally reached the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC, FTC).
Today it became known that the FTC filed a lawsuit to block the deal between the companies. American antitrust officials believe that the completion of the deal between the companies will lead to a decrease in competition in the console market. In particular, the FTC believes that games declared as exclusives for Microsoft platforms (PC (Windows) and Xbox), including Starfield and many others, will lead to a shift in the share of Redmond corporation platforms in its favor.
Additionally, the FTC considers the above deal as a threat to the gaming industry as a whole: in the absence of competition, companies will lose their sense in developing for the benefit of the consumer.
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Microsoft has said it will defend its position.