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“FTC Prepares Antitrust Complaint Against Microsoft’s Acquisition of Activision” – Games – News

The US Federal Trade Commission is reportedly preparing an antitrust complaint against Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard. If it eventually comes down to a lawsuit, it could arrive as early as next month.

According to the policy The Federal Trade Commission is coming to an end. The results will soon be presented to members of the US Oversight Committee, who will then decide whether to go to court. Before taking this step, the FTC will also hear from attorneys from Microsoft and Activision Blizzard. Although the Federal Trade Commission will be very skeptical of their statements.

The US watchdog wants to investigate whether Microsoft will receive an unfair incentive in the video game market by acquiring Activision Blizzard. Sony, the PlayStation maker and one of Microsoft’s main competitors in the gaming market, has spoken negatively of the potential acquisition and believes the deal hinders healthy competition. The Japanese company is also referring to the Call of Duty franchise that Sony suspects will eventually disappear from PlayStation. Microsoft already has it several times announce That this will not be the case.

According to Politico, the American search giant Google also had its say. According to Google, Microsoft would have deliberately lowered the quality of the Game Pass service if Google Chrome had been used. The search giant has said that Microsoft messes with the quality of Game Pass when customers use Google Chrome. In June this year, Microsoft released an update to its Edge web browser released Allow this browser to upgrade games for Xbox Cloud Gaming. This should make the games being streamed look crisper and clearer.

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Microsoft Announced early this year Activision acquires Blizzard for $68.7 billion. The two companies have reached an agreement on this. The potential takeover is being investigated by several competition watchers. This is how the European Commission wants to seize it Take a closer look. The British Market Authority has it too I launched an investigation and has He expressed concern about the deal. The Brazilian censorship agency already has a takeover agreed, following the supervision authority in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Tweakers was written shortly after the acquisition Background article About objections and possible consequences of a possible takeover