There has been a new development in the European Commission and Federal Trade Commission investigations initiated in Microsoft’s Activision Blizzard acquisition process. Microsoft made a statement regarding the Activision Blizzard investigation.
Microsoft: “Activision Blizzard games will be on all platforms.”
Many official organizations, especially the European Commission and the World Bank, opposed the acquisition of Activision Blizzard. Trying to turn the result in its favor, Microsoft reminded the public that Sony is the market leader.
According to the press release, there are 90 business days until March 23, 2023 for the conclusion of the new investigation. The Commission claims that it is concerned that the acquisition of Microsoft could destabilize the market, resulting in a reduction in competition.
The commission’s preliminary investigative report states, “It shows that if the acquisition takes place, it could significantly reduce competition in markets for the distribution of console and PC video games and PC operating systems, including multi-game subscription services and/or cloud game streaming services.” statements are included.
The European Commission specifically highlighted the potential for Microsoft to introduce operating system restrictions on some of Activision Blizzard’s successful titles. In response to today’s announcement of the investigation, Microsoft has taken steps to change the course of the investigation, recognizing that Sony is the market leader.
In an interview with The Verge, Microsoft said, “Industry leader Sony says it is worried about Call of Duty, but we said we are committed to making the same game available on both Xbox and PlayStation on the same day. We want people to have more access to games, not less.” made statements.
Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard is still unclear. It is worth noting that in addition to the EU, the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) and other regulatory bodies around the world are also conducting their own investigations.