Microsoft’s chances of clearing Activision Blizzard deal in US and Europe to fade away if UK watchdog decides to block it
Microsoft’s $68.7 billion acquisition of Activision Blizzard is still under regulatory pressure in both the US and Europe. And a recent report claims that the Redmond-based company expects the UK agency to oppose the record-breaking deal.
Chile clears Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard, sees no significant risks for competition
Microsoft’s $68.7 billion acquisition of Activision Blizzard has been approved in another jurisdiction. The Chilean regulator greenlit the record deal, saying it won’t significantly affect competition in the games market.
EU sends Microsoft rivals 91-page questionnaire on Activision Blizzard acquisition
The European Commission wants to hear what rivals think about Microsoft’s proposed acquisition of Activision Blizzard. Through a large questionnaire, antitrust regulators plan to find out how this deal could affect the games market.
Epic Games to pay record $520 million fine over Fortnite’s dark billing practices and children’s privacy violation
The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has hit Epic Games with a $520 million fine. The Fortnite maker will pay a whopping sum for violating children’s privacy law and tricking players into making unwanted purchases.
Robert Kurvitz says repayment of €4.8 million to ZA/UM changes nothing, still considers his legal options
The battle over Disco Elysium continues. The game’s lead game designer Robert Kurvitz has now confirmed that he is still seeking legal options against ZA/UM’s new majority shareholder, who ousted him from the studio.
FTC sues Microsoft to block Activision Blizzard acquisition over potential threat to competition
The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has eventually decided to challenge Microsoft in court by filing an antitrust lawsuit against the company. It sees the Activision Blizzard deal as a huge threat to market competition.
Disco Elysium producer withdraws lawsuit against ZA/UM majority shareholder
New details in the legal drama surrounding ZA/UM and original creators of Disco Elysium have emerged. One of the lawsuits against the company has been withdrawn, and its majority shareholder had to pay back €4.8 million he illegally pulled from the studio.
Sonic co-creator Yuji Naka arrested again on suspicion of insider trading related to FFVII mobile game
Yuji Naka, prominent Japanese game developer and former head of Sonic Team, has been re-arrested over alleged insider trading. The case is related to mobile game Final Fantasy VII: The First Soldier.
Report: FTC might finally approve Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard despite Chair’s objections
There is a chance that the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) will eventually approve Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard. According to the latest report, one more member of the panel reviewing the deal is now leaning towards this.
Report: FTC might file antitrust lawsuit to block Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard
The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) considers challenging Microsoft’s takeover of Activision Blizzard by filing an antitrust lawsuit. This might potentially lead to the companies renegotiating or even abandoning the deal.
Chinese regulator refused to review Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard under simplified procedure
China is one of the countries that should investigate the $68.7 billion deal between Microsoft and Activision Blizzard. The local regulator also wants to review the issues that other governments have with the acquisition.
Epic Games claims Google paid Activision Blizzard $360 million to keep it from making its own app store
The mobile environment is never calm, as Epic Games has now come up with new allegations against Google. It accused the company of making multi-million dollar deals with big publishers, including Activision Blizzard, to block potential competition.
Game Insight’s entity in Russia declared bankrupt, its leadership facing criminal charges
The Russian entity of mobile developer Game Insight has been officially declared bankrupt. In addition to that, a criminal case has been opened against its leadership, with the company owing millions to its former employees.
Chris Avellone recently filed another defamation lawsuit to ‘vindicate his reputation’, seeking over $75k in damages
It has been reported that games industry veteran Chris Avellone recently filed another defamation lawsuit against one of his accusers. He is now seeking damages, claiming all misconduct allegations were false and were made to destroy his reputation.
EU concerned that Microsoft could make Activision Blizzard games exclusive to Xbox, opens in-depth investigation
The European Commission has opened a second phase of its investigation into Microsoft’s proposed acquisition of Activision Blizzard. The regulator outlined its concerns about how the deal could reduce competition.
State of Survival players accuse devs of false advertising and misleading in-game prices
FunPlus and KingsGroup Holdings have faced a class action lawsuit from players of their popular mobile game State of Survival. Users accused the developers of falsely advertising limited time sales alongside big prices that never existed.