While the New Zealand antitrust postpones its decision for the fifth time, the acquisition of Activision Blizzard by Microsoft remains at the center of the activities of supervisory bodies from all over the world.
Until now, in fact, none of the large antitrust agencies global wanted to pronounce definitively on the matter. In the meantime, however, the US Federal Trade Commission has taken an extremely tough stance towards the trade deal announced by Microsoft last January 2022. In December, the institution USA has in fact decided to sue the Redmond colossus, to investigate the possible acquisition of a dominant position in the market which could derive from theacquisition of Activision Blizzard.
Now, from the columns of Bloomberga more precise reconstruction of the reasons that may have prompted the FTC suddenly make that decision. According to what was reported by the well-known newspaper, the Federal Trade Commission allegedly quoted Microsoft “hours after a phone call between the US and European Union offices”, aimed at verifying their respective positions on the matter. This was stated by an anonymous source of Bloomberg, who goes on to tell how, having taken note of the strong differences and the intention of the European Commission to start negotiations with Microsoft, the FTC thus wanted send a precise signal to the EU antitrust.
At the moment, the rumors have not been commented on by either the FTC or the European Commission, while the first official opinions are expected only in April 2023.
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