FTC Reportedly Timing Its Opposition To Microsoft Activision’s EU Gameplay Deal (Update)

What you need to know

  • Microsoft is trying to acquire Activision-Blizzard for $69 billion, with regulators scrutinizing the deal around the world.
  • The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently sued to block the merger, citing Microsoft making games like Starfield exclusives as a sign that the company can’t be trusted.
  • A new report indicates that the FTC filed a lawsuit to block the Microsoft-Activision merger after learning that the European Union (EU) plans to discuss potential remedy proposals with Microsoft, discouraging it from reaching a settlement.
  • Regulators such as the European Union and the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) are expected to make their final decisions in April 2023.

Update 1/27/23 at 1:45 PM ET: The European Union’s antitrust watchdog responded to Bloomberg’s request for comment, declining to comment beyond confirming that its “investigation into the deal continues.”

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