Report: Microsoft preparing fight for Activision Blizzard acquisition

Report: Microsoft preparing fight for Activision Blizzard acquisition

Tech giant Microsoft is apparently preparing to fight the FTC to allow its acquisition of Activision Blizzard to go through.

That's according to Bloomberg, which reports that the Xbox firm is making itself ready for the eventuality that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) files a lawsuit to block the deal. There have been rumours circulating that the FTC is likely to do just that

While Microsoft hasn't had any formal discussions with the organisation about ensuring the acquisition is approved, the games firm is reportedly planning concessions that would allow the deal to be completed. Microsoft is also preparing to fight the decision in court.

The headline concession would address the key concern that Xbox's largest competitor – PlayStation maker Sony – has raised, which is that the Big M would withhold Activision Blizzard content from other platforms. Microsoft has already done this with some titles by Bethesda, which it bought for $7.5 billion back in 2021.

Microsoft is also reportedly planning the same sweeteners for the European Union, which also has concerns about the deal. It's likely that it will have to make similar concessions to the UK's Competition and Markets Authority.

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