The EU recently hit “phase 2” of their probe into Microsoft’s attempted acquisition of Activision Blizzard. While they brought up reasonable concerns, a tweet by one of the members of the EU did raise concerns of bias.
“The Commission is working to ensure that you will still be able to play Call of Duty on other consoles (including my Playstation),” a tweet by Ricardo Cardoso read, which he posted when sharing the announcement of the probe.
His words gave some concern that the commission may potentially be biased in favor of Sony or may even attempt to block Microsoft’s merger altogether. Fortunately, at least in regards to Cardoso, any bias he might have would be inconsequential as he is not part of the commission investigating the merger.
“As you’ve correctly pointed out, Mr. Cardoso works in the Director General for the Internal Market and not in the Directorate General for Competition.” an EU spokesperson said in a statement (via TweakTown).
They added, “Mr. Cardoso is not involved in the assessment of this transaction. Furthermore, as indicated clearly in his Twitter profile, he tweets in a personal capacity.”
So at least Microsoft can feel a little more comfort in regards to any potential conflicts of interest. Interestingly, the tweet also talks about Call of Duty staying on other consoles such as the PlayStation. As Phil Spencer has already stated, the franchise will stay on that platform as long as it exists.