Microsoft wins legal battle against FTC, as UK regulator remains sole hurdle to Activision Blizzard acquisition
Microsoft is now one step closer to acquiring Activision Blizzard, as a Calfironia judge has denied a preliminary injunction request by the US Federal Trade Commission. Here is what’s next for the companies trying to close the largest M&A deal in video game history.
FTC achieves temporarily ban on Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard, hearing set for June 22-23
The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has been granted a restraining order against the Microsoft-Activision deal. This means the companies are now temporarily blocked from completing the merger.
FTC fines Microsoft $20 million for collecting children’s personal data, extends protections to third-party publishers
Microsoft has been fined by the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for illegally collecting and retaining children’s personal data. The company attributed the issue to a technical glitch, but agreed to take steps to improve protection measures for Xbox users.
Microsoft’s UK appeal against blocking Activision deal set for July hearing despite CMA’s attempt to drag out process
Microsoft is now preparing for a summer fight with the UK regulator, as the country’s Competition Appeal Tribunal has set a timeframe for an appeal hearing. The Competition and Markets Authority failed to convince the court to adjourn the case.
Japanese regulator clears Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard, sees no substantial harm to competition
The Japan Fair Trade Commission (JFTC) has reviewed Microsoft’s proposed acquisition of Activision Blizzard. According to the regulator, the $68.7 billion deal won’t reduce competition in the market.
Chris Avellone secures 7-figure settlement from his accusers who now say “he deserves a full return to the industry”
Women who accused Chris Avellone of sexual misconduct have now dropped their claims. The video game writer will receive monetary compensation as part of a confidential settlement between the parties.
UK regulator says it “would not be commercially beneficial” to Microsoft to make CoD exclusive to Xbox
The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has updated its provisional findings related to Microsoft’s proposed acquisition of Activision Blizzard. Due to new evidence, the regulator has narrowed the scope of its concerns.
Disco Elysium creators continue their fight against ZA/UM: “Paying back stolen money does not undo the crime”
Robert Kurvitz and Aleksander Rostov, original creators of Disco Elysium, have shared an update on their legal dispute with ZA/UM. Both stated that they didn’t drop their unfair dismissal claims.
FTC wants more documents from Microsoft, including info about its ‘next-generation gaming ecosystem’
The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is now demanding additional documents from Microsoft. The regulator wants more information related to the company’s $68.7 billion acquisition of Activision Blizzard.
Disco Elysium co-creator Robert Kurvitz drops dismissal lawsuit against ZA/UM due to ‘lack of evidence’
The legal fight between ZA/UM and Disco Elysium original developers has taken a new turn. It appears that the game’s co-creators Robert Kurvitz and Aleksander Rostov have dropped their claims to the studio.
Microsoft rejects UK regulator’s divestment proposal. Sony wants CoD to “remain in independent hands”
Microsoft and Sony have responded to the provisional findings of the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority. The main stumbling blocks are the potential exclusivity of Call of Duty and the impact of the Activision Blizzard deal on consoles and subscription services.
FTC grants Microsoft access to Sony’s exclusivity agreements and some of its internal documents
The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has ruled on Sony’s motion to ban Microsoft from searching its internal documents related to the Activision Blizzard deal. The Japanese publisher will now have to mostly comply with the subpoena.
UK regulator offers Microsoft to take Call of Duty out of equation in Activision Blizzard deal
The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has published its provisional findings as part of its in-depth investigation into Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard. The regulator proposed a few remedies such as excluding Call of Duty from the $68.7 billion deal.