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Tech & Science: Microsoft and Activision Play Good Cop/Bad Cop with the FTC

Activision takeover by Microsoft: The EU will also take an intensive examination

 Activision takeover by Microsoft: The EU will also take an intensive examination © provided by Dr. Windows Activision Takeover Cover The planned takeover of Activision by Microsoft will probably also take a closer look by the European antitrust guards. The Redmonder probably let a deadline within which Microsoft should have answered at a request from the EU authorities. Apparently the EU had asked Microsoft to commit itself to certain concessions by November 1, as Politico reports.

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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.

The basic arguments are logically well known and we have heard them often enough through the detailed reporting on this case. In his 37 -page statement, which can be read in full text at Theverge , Microsoft refers to the facts that you have much less exclusive titles, the smallest of all console manufacturers and also does not exist in mobile gaming. The following graphic should illustrate this:

Activision takeover: Microsoft is said to have offered Sony a 10-year contract for Call of Duty

 Activision takeover: Microsoft is said to have offered Sony a 10-year contract for Call of Duty © provided by Dr. Windows Activision Takeover Cover In order to clear Sony's concerns about the planned takeover of Activision, Microsoft is said to have offered a 10-year contract for Call of Duty at PlayStation. However, there are no official statements.

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Microsoft continues to believe that the takeover of Activision does not weaken the competition, but rather promotes the contrary.

The FTC supports its objections, among other things, on the fact that Microsoft would have asserted no exclusive titles in advance when taking Zenimax/Bethesda in advance, but did not comply with this later. In fact, Microsoft admits in his statement that Bethesda works on three exclusive titles for the Xbox. Although they are not mentioned by name, it should be Starfield and The Elder Scrolls VI as well as an Indiana Jones game that has not yet been officially announced. In return, however, it is pointed out that numerous Zenimax games for the PlayStation have also been published since the takeover.

Call of Duty: Microsoft meets a 10-year agreement with Nintendo-guarantees also for Steam

 Call of Duty: Microsoft meets a 10-year agreement with Nintendo-guarantees also for Steam © provided by Dr. Windows Call of Duty cover picture Microsoft has reached an agreement with Nintendo, which guarantees the availability of Call of Duty for a period of 10 years after Redmond has completed the takeover of Activision. There is also a similar agreement with Steam. This information announced Xbox boss Phil Spencer on Tuesday evening on Twitter.

Microsoft's Brad Smith again pushes diplomatic tones in a statement: Although it is convinced that they also have the better arguments in court, the door for creative solutions with which everyone involved can live in the end, but are still open. In his own

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Activision does not take a leaf in front of the FTC (via Twitter ).

The FTC is accused of ignoring the advantages of this deal for consumers and having a wrong understanding of the antitrust laws. Their task is not to protect the competition.

With its lawsuit, FTC would turn the antitrust right upside down by wanting to protect the already largest companies in the game industry from serious competition. Due to sheer ideological blindness to technology companies, the authority not only lost a look for the realities in the game industry, but also revealed the key principles of antitrust laws.

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