US moves to block Microsoft's acquisition of Activision Blizzard
The US's regulation board, FTC, has now announced that it is moving to block Microsoft's acquisition of Activision Blizzard. The FTC is now suing Microsoft over the planned deal and states that it would “enable Microsoft to suppress competitors to its Xbox gaming consoles and its rapidly growing subscription content and cloud-gaming business”.
FTC claims that Microsoft has a record of “acquiring and using valuable gaming content to suppress competition”. This comes from Microsoft's plan to keep Starfield and Redfall as Microsoft exclusives after acquiring ZeniMax Media. It calls Activision Blizzard “one of only a very small number of top video game developers in the world that crate and publish high-quality video games for multiple devices”. As a result, the FTC believes that acquiring the company would let Microsoft harm the competition.
This comes despite Microsoft's constant public confirmations that the company has no intention of taking Call of Duty away from PlayStation. Recently, Microsoft announced a 10-year partnership with Nintendo and Valve for Call of Duty games, if the deal goes through. It also made Sony the same offer but did not receive a response.
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