The process of Microsoft’s gigantic purchase of Activision Blizzard continues to run into obstacles.
Regulating bodies such as the EU’s European Commission have challenged the merger, citing concerns of it harming competition without the gaming market.
It’s been reported that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the US’s regulating body for financial transactions, has considered filing a lawsuit to block the merger.
Yet another report (via Bloomberg) claims Microsoft is apparently more than ready to fight this in court, should the lawsuit actually be filed.
If, and likely when it does get filed, then it means the acquisition will likely drag on well into the latter half of next year – should Microsoft be able to finalize their purchase of the company.
One of the major contentious points for those against the acquisition centers around the popular video game franchise: Call of Duty.
While Phil Spencer has gone on record in wanting to keep the series on platforms such as the PlayStation, it still has not calmed fears that Microsoft would eventually make the franchise Xbox-exclusive.