FTC files lawsuit to block Microsoft acquisition of Activision Blizzard


After months of deliberations, the FTC (Federal Trade Commission) has filed a lawsuit to block the Microsoft acquisition of Activision Blizzard.

The new lawsuit seeks to block Microsoft’s giant $68.7 billion acquisition of Activision Blizzard because it “would enable Microsoft to suppress competitors to its Xbox gaming consoles and its rapidly growing subscription content and cloud-gaming business.”

“Microsoft has already shown that it can and will withhold content from its gaming rivals,” said Holly Vedova, Director of the FTC’s Bureau of Competition. “Today we seek to stop Microsoft from gaining control over a leading independent game studio and using it to harm competition in multiple dynamic and fast-growing gaming markets.”

The lawsuit points to Microsoft’s record of “acquiring and using valuable gaming content to suppress competition from rival consoles,” which includes the other big buyout of ZeniMax – the parent company of Bethesda Softworks. The FTC pointed to how after the buyout Microsoft went on to make titles like Starfield and Redfall exclusive to Xbox consoles.

Microsoft recently stated that should a lawsuit be filed by the FTC, they would fight the challenge to their acquisition in court. Stay tuned.

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