Bloomberg reported that the US Federal Trade Commission filed a lawsuit demanding to block the deal between Microsoft and Activision Blizzard. The FTC said that the acquisition of such a large game publisher would harm competition in a market worth over $200 billion.
Microsoft has already shown that it can and will deny content to its competitors in the market. Now, we’re trying to prevent Microsoft from taking control of a leading independent game company that could impede competition in several fast-growing game markets.
The FTC .
As an example, the commission cited future games from Bethesda (Starfield, Redfall), which will be released only on PC and Xbox consoles, although Microsoft initially assured European antitrust authorities that it did not plan to be prevented from releasing new titles on competing platforms.
Gabe Newell believes Phil Spencer and does not consider a contract to release Call of Duty on Steam for 10 years to be necessary.
The Commission also fears that if the deal is approved, Microsoft may refuse to release new parts of Call of Duty, Overwatch, Diablo and other Activision Blizzard franchises on competing platforms.
Microsoft President Brad Smith stated that the deal should instead promote competition and create more opportunities for players and developers. He also noted that the company is looking to address the issues and earlier this week the corporation had already offered the FTC some concessions.
We are fully confident in our rightness and are pleased to be able to present our case in court.
I ‘m not a cop .
Three of the four heads of the Federal Trade Commission voted to file suit. A lawsuit doesn’t mean the deal’s off, although the risk has increased.