Of the 2,100 letters received by UK antitrust officers, three-quarters were in favour of closing the deal between Microsoft and Activision Blizzard.
The regulator announced an open call for all interested parties back in October. Nearly a quarter of the letters were against the deal, with a small number of respondents taking a neutral stance. Another 500 emails on the subject were excluded from the count by officials because they contained offensive content or were empty, illegible or not in English.
Supporters of the deal wrote that the acquisition would help Microsoft better compete with Sony and Nintendo the larger players in the industry. The petitioners believe that the ActiBlizz games will not become exclusive, and the addition of Call of Duty to Game Pass will make it easier for consumers to access the series.
Opponents of the dEAl fEAr that Microsoft could become a dominant force, as in the case of Windows on PCs, and that the corporation could then buy other major publishers such as Take Two, EA and Ubisoft. Consumers also suggest that the quality of ActiBlizz games on PlayStation may be deliberately degraded.
Meanwhile, European antitrust investigators, who were later joined by their British counterparts in investigating the deal, were just beginning to hear public reactions to the takeover. Reuters looked at a 91-page survey sent to the gaming industry.
antitrust advocates are interested in the importance of the Call of Duty series and its alternatives. Respondents are asked about Microsoft‘s expected post-transaction strategy. Will the corporation abuse its position and degrade the quality of games on competitors’ devices or deprive them of game updates, raise prices and so on.
Microsoft had previously offered Sony to add Call of Duty to PS Plus as a concession to the deal with Activision Blizzard. The Japanese company has not commented on the proposal.