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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.
Key takeaways from Bobby Kotick’s deposition: Removing Call of Duty from PS “would cause reputational damage”
Deposition of Bobby Kotick, CEO of Activsion Blizzard, was one of the highlights of day four of the FTC. v. Microsoft hearing. Here is what he had to say about Call of Duty and its absence on Switch, as well as his stance on Game Pass and subscription services in general.
Jim Ryan says Microsoft offered to only keep older Activision games on PlayStation, explains his stance on blocking merger
The third day of the FTC v. Microsoft hearing featured pre-recorded testimony from Sony Interactive Entertainment boss Jim Ryan. Here is what he had to say about the Activision Blizzard deal and its potential impact on the PlayStation platform.
Microsoft paid $117 million for Ninja Theory, according to its pitch regarding potential acquisition of SEGA
More and more internal documents are becoming public during the ongoing FTC v. Microsoft hearings. This time, let’s take a look at Xbox’s M&A activity and the companies it has chosen as its potential targets over the past few years.
Jim Ryan: Sony “simply could not run the risk” of sharing details about PS6 with Activision if Microsoft acquires it
An excerpt from Jim Ryan’s testimony to the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has been made public. The SIE boss has tried to explain why the company won’t share any hardware details about the PS6 or any other upcoming console with Activision Blizzard post-acquisition.
New Zealand concerned that Microsoft could weaken its cloud gaming rivals’ ability to compete following Activision deal
New Zealand’s Commerce Commission has listed concerns it has over Microsoft’s proposed acquisition of Activision Blizzard. Just like the UK regulator, it believes that the deal could lessen competition in the cloud gaming market.
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.
EU approves Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard, sees no harm to cloud gaming market
Microsoft can breath a sigh of relief for a while as the European Commission has finally cleared its $68.7 billion acquisition of Activision Blizzard. The regulator found remedies offered by Microsoft in the cloud gaming area compelling enough.
UK regulator bans Microsoft and Activision from investing in each other without its written consent
The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has imposed new restrictions on Microsoft and Activision Blizzard after banning the $68.7 billion deal. The two companies are now not allowed to acquire shares in each other.
xCloud generated less than $50 million for Microsoft in 2021, but estimated to become largest cloud gaming service in 2026
Microsoft’s xCloud is estimated to become the largest cloud gaming service globally, according to data shared by the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA). Here are some findings about the market that has become a bone of contention in the Activision Blizzard deal.
UK regulator may ban Microsoft from buying Activision Blizzard for 10 years, “absent a change of circumstances”
People continue to find new details in the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority’s (CMA) 415-page report on its decision to block Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard. The merger may be banned for the next 10 years.
UK Competition and Markets Authority has prevented Microsoft’s proposed purchase of Activision Blizzard
The UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has prevented Microsoft’s proposed purchase of Activision Blizzard after an in-depth review of the deal. The CMA is concerned that the deal will harm the local cloud gaming market.
Expert explains why cloud gaming shouldn’t be considered distinct market by antitrust regulators
Cloud gaming is one of the concerns that antitrust regulators have over Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard. But is it really a distinc market? Here are some thoughts from Joost Rietveld, associate professor in the department of Strategy & Entrepreneurship at the UCL School of Management.
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.
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.