Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard has been a long battle between the gaming giant and several consumer protection bodies. While various countries accepted the deal, the CMA and FTC have blocked the merger.
According to FTC, Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard would hurt the competitive market in the US. Following this conclusion, the FTC sued Microsoft to stop the merger between the two gaming giants.
A new report by CNBC suggests that the FTC is now expected to file an injunction against Microsoft. The injunction would block the merger before the deal’s deadline on July 18.
Why It Matters: Microsoft’s merger with Activision Blizzard holds a value of $68.7 billion. This deal can potentially change the whole gaming market, especially for Xbox.
The FTC has already offered stiff opposition to Microsoft, but the regulator is looking to accelerate the process of blocking the deal. Microsoft is looking to close the deal next month, but the latest move from the FTC may complicate things for the gaming giant.
Various reports now claim that this move from the FTC could mean that the process of Microsoft’s face-off against the regulator in court will now be accelerated. Therefore, a decision could be made in the coming days.
Following the CMA’s decision to block the merger, reports claim that Microsoft intends to proceed with its deal, leading to the potential abandonment of the UK market. However, Microsoft may consider other possibilities before abandoning the UK.
Still, the future of the Activision acquisition remains uncertain, with Microsoft and the regulators trying their best to ensure that the outcome is favorable and does not go against their plans.
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