Microsoft is not in serious talks with the US authorities about the blocked purchase of Activision Blizzard.

Apparently, the corporation is hoping to settle the matter through litigation.

Microsoft is not in serious talks with the US authorities about the blocked purchase of Activision Blizzard. This was stated by a representative of the US Federal Trade Commission during the preliminary hearing.

In early December 2022, the FTC blocked the purchase of Activision Blizzard through the court: the agency considered that it could negatively affect the competitiveness of the game market. Apparently, Microsoft is not interested in a pre-trial settlement of the department’s claims.

Although preliminary hearings have begun now, the FTC’s lawsuit is not due to go to trial until August 2023. This means that Microsoft will not be able to buy Activision Blizzard in the agreed time frame: the deal was to be closed by mid-2023.

The case could go on for days, according to Reuters. After the trial court’s verdict, Microsoft or the FTC can appeal; the agency does not predict how long it will take for the court to make a final decision.

At the same time, unnamed experts cited by Reuters believe that the FTC will not be able to convince the court to ban Microsoft from acquiring Activision Blizzard.

In addition to the United States, the deal is being investigated by the authorities of the European Union, the United Kingdom and other countries where Microsoft and Activision Blizzard do business. The EU authorities are expected to reach a verdict on the deal by March 23.

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