Apparently the scandal of the purchase of Blizzard Activision by Microsoft continues to climb, since Sony a few days ago sent a document with arguments that they say because it is not good to continue with the treatment in question. And now, the probability that the Federal Commerce Commission would demand to avoid transaction is mentioned.
This demand would be $69 billion according to people who know the matter. It would be the largest movement of the commission until now under the presidency of Lina Khan. It would also be a black spot for Microsoft, since it is being accused of monopoly, and they have commented that this is something they do not want to do.
One of the central concerns is whether Activision’s acquisition would give microsoft an unfair impulse in the video game market. Xbox is the number three under Sony Interactive Entertainment. However, Sony has become the main opponent of the agreement, mentioned in its document that COD would be exclusively, now playstation would be below.
It is mentioned that the commission’s concerns extend beyond Call of Duty, and researchers are trying to determine how Microsoft could take advantage of the future titles not announced to boost their business.
This commented Joe Christina, Activision spokesman.
Any suggestion that the transaction could have anti Comp effects is completely absurd. This fusion will benefit the players and the US game industry, especially because we face increasingly hard competition abroad. We are committed to continue working in cooperation with regulators around the world to allow the transaction to continue, but we will not hesitate to fight to defend the transaction if necessary.
Essentially, the Commission has no intention of taking any measure at this time. Regulators in Europe and the United Kingdom have also recently opened research in depth, which means that companies could not close the treatment until spring as very soon. So if a lawsuit arises, it would be on its own, since others are in favor of the purchase.
Editor’s note: As the months go by, this type of news is already becoming a little tired. Hopefully we are transported to March 1, all in order to know the verdict.