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Tech & Science: lawsuit against the assumption of Activision submitted: The FTC makes Ernst

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The planned takeover of Activision comes across the maximum possible resistance in Microsoft's homeland: The American Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has filed a lawsuit and wants to have the deal for prohibited.

This week there is said to have been a meeting between the leadership of the FTC and those responsible for Microsoft. Apparently you have not come closer and the FTC justifies its decision by not trusting Microsoft.

"Microsoft has already shown that it can and will withheld its gaming rival content," said Holly Vedova, director of the FTC competition office. "Today we want to prevent Microsoft from gaining control over a leading independent game studio and thus affecting competition in several dynamic and rapidly growing gaming markets."

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This is the public explanation that FTC has published today. As a reason for distrust, it is stated that Microsoft made the games Redfall and Star fell after the takeover of Zenimax/Bethesda platform exclusive, even though the European authorities had previously denied corresponding plans.

In the further justification, it says that the Xbox is one of only two high-end consoles and Activision is also one of very few "big" game developers. If Microsoft obtained control over Activision, they would have the possibility and strong motivation to harm the competition.

with 3: 1 votes, the Commission has therefore decided to issue a formal complaint that will eventually lead to a procedure before an administrative court. Apart from the fact that the takeover is generally in danger, Microsoft's schedule should hardly be kept now. Both Microsoft and Activision had previously announced that in the event of a procedure, all available funds will fight for the deal.

Microsoft and Activision Play Good Cop/Bad Cop with the FTC .
© provided by Dr. Windows Activision Takeover Cover The American antitrust authority FTC wants to prevent the merger of Activision and Microsoft, if necessary in court. Both Microsoft and Activision have now submitted official statements at the FTC, the sound is reminiscent of the good old Good Cop/Bad Cop game. Microsoft strikes moderate, conciliatory tones, while Activision is full of confrontation course and the FTC certifies a full -grown loss of reality.

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