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Google and Nvidia Express Concerns to FTC Over Microsoft's Activision Blizzard Acquisition

Google and Nvidia Express Concerns to FTC Over Microsoft's Activision Blizzard Acquisition - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 12 January 2023 / 5,560 Views

Google and Nvidia have expressed convers to the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) over Microsoft's acquisition of Activision Blizzard, according to a report from Bloomberg who spoke with people who remained anonymous due to the process being confidential.

The report says Google and Nvidia have expressed concerns that the deal could give Microsoft an unfair advantage in the market for cloud, subscription, and mobile gaming. 

One person says Nvidia didn't directly oppose the deal, however, they did stress for the need of equal and open access to games.

Google and Nvidia Express Concerns to FTC Over Microsoft's Activision Blizzard Acquisition

The FTC attorney James Weingarten earlier this month stated there have so far been no "substantive" settlement with Microsoft over its Activision Blizzard acquisition. 

The FTC in December announced it was looking to block the deal as it would give Microsoft the ability to suppress its competitors in gaming. 

Microsoft has offered to sign a legally binding consent decree with the FTC that it will guarantee Call of Duty will remain on rival platforms including the PlayStation for a decade. Microsoft has entered a 10-year commitment with Nintendo to bring Call of Duty to Nintendo platforms if the acquisition is approved.

If the deal goes to trial, FTC administrative law judge Michael Chappell will rule on the deal during hearings that are set to start in August 2023. The acquisition still needs approval in the UK, European Union, and many more.

Chile's regulatory authority, the Fiscalia Nacional Economica, in December 2022 released its ruling on Microsoft's Activision Blizzard acquisition and has voted to approve the deal in Phase 1. The acquisition has also been confirmed to have been approved in BrazilSaudi Arabia, and Serbia unconditionally.


A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012 and taking over the hardware estimates in 2017. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel. You can contact the author on Twitter @TrunksWD.


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36 Comments
G2ThaUNiT (on 12 January 2023)

Not sure what Google is going on about since they literally shut down their rival gaming service to xCloud lol. Not to mention, they're literally the owners of the Android OS, so they already have a stupid firm foothold in mobile gaming.

But Nvidia is different because you use their cloud streaming service to stream games that you actually own from other PC platforms, like Steam. ActiBlizz pulled support off of Nvidia GeForce Now, so I can see why Nvidia may not actually oppose the deal, but would want that support back. The more the merrier!

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scrapking G2ThaUNiT (on 12 January 2023)

As Google shut down Stadia, they did say they were open to licencing the technology to others if memory serves, so that might be a reason why.

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deerox G2ThaUNiT (on 13 January 2023)

Android OS is open-source so it doesn't really give them that much control over the mobile market.

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scrapking deerox (on 13 January 2023)

Google has huge control over the mobile market because they have made certain things contingent on a device supporting Google Play. So almost every Android device has Google Play out of the box, very few OEMs would want to release a device without it, and very few Android app developers don't publish to it (or do publish to any competing app store).

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DonFerrari scrapking (on 14 January 2023)

Although there are other stores on Android devices I do agree it is similar to the IE vs Netscape case on Google having a very large advantage over the store although this case isn't exactly about it.

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VAMatt (on 13 January 2023)

I'm surprised to see Google in here. They love to swallow up companies. I can't believe that they would want to encourage the FTC to step into those deals.

If that insider is to be believed, it sounds like Nvidia just wants to make sure Microsoft does in fact sign these consent decree things they keep talking about.

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zero129 (on 13 January 2023)

Google: We believe the is enough other companys making AAA games that can compete with CoD that this deal isnt a problem.
MS: We plan on releasing our own Store on mobile and we believe this deal will help us do that.
Google: We are 100% against this deal. Its really bad dont let it pass we like our monopoly along with Apple of the mobile market please protect us FTC!!.

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IcaroRibeiro zero129 (on 13 January 2023)

Android is free to use. If anyone wants to release OS to mobile phones they can, Microsoft tried and flopped hard with Windows Phone

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zero129 IcaroRibeiro (on 14 January 2023)

And your point?. Are you trying to say Apple and Google dont have a monopoly on the mobile market?.

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DonFerrari zero129 (on 14 January 2023)

It is likely the case. Since MS wasn't able to succeed with OS they are trying with a store (that against steam didn't succeed much) but yes that could damage google dominance.

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zero129 DonFerrari (on 14 January 2023)

No one succeeded or can against Steam. Why you bring this point up is beyond me. Even Epic has to give away free games every week just to try compete. And its clearly still not stopping steams dominance. Ms was never going to be able to compete on the mobile OS market since Google and Apple own it so thats where all the apps where going to be was on google playstore and the appstore. Can they have a chance of breaking that with their own store? i dont know. But that is their plan of buying one of the biggest publishers out their who own a lot of big mobile ips. And i wish them luck with it.

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DonFerrari zero129 (on 15 January 2023)

I brought that even if MS Store didn't win against Steam (and they had to go back selling games on steam as well) there is no reason to believe they couldn't dent google store.

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smroadkill15 (on 12 January 2023)

Google was for the acquisition earlier last year. I guess it comes to no surprise to see Google now against it after learning of MS plan to create their own mobile store. Nobody should take their "expressed concerns" seriously with their duopoly in the mobile market.

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DonFerrari (on 12 January 2023)

Wasn't only Sony that was against it?

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scrapking DonFerrari (on 12 January 2023)

Short answer, no.

Long answer, when it comes to traditional distribution options, seemingly yes. Nintendo, Steam, EA, and others in the traditional console/PC game space are seemingly in favour, and other have been mostly silent on the issue (at least publicly). But we've heard suggestions that Nvidia and/or Google were against it before. Sony stood out for being the main traditional console/PC games player that was vocally against it.

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DonFerrari scrapking (on 13 January 2023)

This is the first I heard of it. But ok.

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scrapking DonFerrari (on 13 January 2023)

I'm going by memory of past news stories, so I could be wrong. :)

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DonFerrari scrapking (on 14 January 2023)

No problem. It makes sense that more companies would have complains even if not going public with it.

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Azzanation DonFerrari (on 12 January 2023)

Only those afraid to compete

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Imaginedvl DonFerrari (on 13 January 2023)

Am I missing the point of your constructive comment here?
Are you trying to say that 'you' knew others were against it or that you knew that in advance when before that Sony was EFFECTIVELY the only major players against it?
Or you have some insight from NVidia / Google (who by the way was okay with it before losing its Stadia bet) and knew in advance that there were more than Sony?
Cause again, people saying that it was only Sony were right until... now. But you act like you knew something or it was not real?

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DonFerrari Imaginedvl (on 14 January 2023)

Yes you are likely missing the point. Anytime the ABK deal was brought besides the regulators it was always said Sony was the sole company against it.

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Imaginedvl DonFerrari (on 14 January 2023)

And it was effectively only Sony until now.... And the news article is basically saying that NVidia/Google just started to complain. So again what is your point?

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DonFerrari Imaginedvl (on 15 January 2023)

And scrapking is saying both were already complaining before. And you in your answer said the only MAJOR, so you are already saying others even if minor were already, or not?

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Imaginedvl DonFerrari (on 16 January 2023)

Oh so someone speculating something is because an official source to you? I mean your double standard is quite something when it comes to Microsoft... On one hand you are calling out people for one thing and then when it fits your anti-Microsoft agenda; it becomes your references?
Just stop lol...

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DonFerrari Imaginedvl (on 16 January 2023)

Have I said it is an official source? And scrapking as far as I know is a Xbox supporter. And will you also backpedal on yourself mentioning Sony being the only MAJOR instead of the only party at all?

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Imaginedvl DonFerrari (on 16 January 2023)

Sony WAS the only one lol. Are you on something?
Just because now NVidia/Google are raising concerns does not change the fact that Sony was the only major one. There is no packpedaling here. you are actually trying to make "THIS" news, like it was known in the past or never was Sony only.
Anyway, I'm done responding, we both know what your comment was about and you are trying to change the goal post now. Just assume what you are doing everytime you are posting some hit-and-run comment in any possible Xbox article and stop pretending.

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DonFerrari Imaginedvl (on 16 January 2023)

How is it a hit and run if I'm replying to all your replies?
Decide was Sony the sole one or the sole Major one.

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Chazore (on 13 January 2023)

Ah yes, the GPU manufacturer who owns 88% of their market, is super concerned over a player in another market who hardly even has a stranglehold on the market they are in.

Yes Nvidia, I totes believes you....

Also Google, sit the fuck down, you already bowed out of that market.

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Blood_Tears (on 12 January 2023)
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