Microsoft’s Actions After Acquiring Bethesda Are Enough Evidence to Oppose Activision Blizzard Acquisition – FTC

Microsoft’s Actions After Acquiring Bethesda Are Enough Evidence to Oppose Activision Blizzard Acquisition – FTC

The US Federal Commerce Commision has said in a brand new submitting that it believes that Microsoft’s actions after buying Zenimax and Bethesda present “highly effective proof” to stop the corporate’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard from shifting ahead.

The FTC factors in direction of the truth that Microsoft is releasing Bethesda and Zenimax video games solely on Xbox platforms, particularly with upcoming main titles like Starfield, which won’t be getting launched on the PS5.

“Defendants put nice inventory in Microsoft’s issues about ‘infuriating players’ if it have been to foreclose rivals’ entry to Activision content material… However those self same issues didn’t cease the ZeniMax choice,” says the assertion.

The brand new paperwork comes shortly after a latest injunction filed by the FTC blocking Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard, with a US federal courtroom having agreed to the injunction.

The FTC had filed the assertion with a purpose to get some extra time to construct a authorized case in opposition to Microsoft’s deliberate acquisition of Activision Blizzard. The merger has been beneath fairly a little bit of scrutiny everywhere in the world. Whereas the European Fee has accredited of the deal, UK’s Competitors and Markets Authority has blocked it.


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