Reportingly, the Federal Trade Commission is reviewing the purchase of Microsoft Blizzard Activision
Last month, Microsoft announced its intention to buy Activision Blizzard for 68.7 billion dollars. The agreement is huge and it could be a great benefit for the Xbox brand, especially for your Game Pass subscription service. However, there may be an obstacle to overcome, first. According to Bloomberg sources, the Federal Trade Commission of the United States will review the purchase to assess the impact of the Agreement in the Microsoft competition. Given the size of the purchase of Microsoft, it is not surprising, particularly since the Jerrold Congressman «Jerry» Nadler intervened in the agreement in January.
It is difficult to say how the FTC will be pronounced on the agreement. As GameSpot points out, the Commission has blocked other recently planned technological acquisitions, including the planned purchase of ARM, LTD by NVIDIA. That case was a bit simpler, since I would have given Nvidia a significant advantage over all its competition. This agreement also found a strong resistance from other countries as well as US. UU with Phil Spencer stating that Microsoft is intended to keep the Call of Duty games on PlayStation, it is difficult to say if a similar case can be made.
Whatever happens, it is expected that the research of the FTC is a good thing for the videogame industry. There are many players worried because Microsoft and Sony do too many important purchases, and there should be a scrutiny when it comes to such large agreements. There are many possible positive aspects that could arise from the purchase of Activision Blizzard, both for consumers and for company staff. However, it is also easy to see the possible negative aspects.
The purchase of Activision Blizzard by Microsoft will not be carried out until the summer of 2023, so it is not clear how long it will take the FTC to complete the investigation and issue its opinion. Of course, we still do not have an official FTC ad. For now, the players will only have to wait and see how things are developed!
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