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Microsoft 'Confident' It Can Address EU Concerns Over Activision Deal

Microsoft 'Confident' It Can Address EU Concerns Over Activision Deal - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 03 February 2023 / 3,022 Views

European Union regulators have issues a formal antitrust warning to Microsoft over its Activision Blizzard acquisition, according to three people close to the matter who spoke with Politico.

A Microsoft spokesperson in a response to the formal antitrust warning said it is committed to "finding a path forward" and is "confident" it will be address the concerns from the European Union regulators.

"We are listening carefully to the European Commission's concerns and are confident we can address them," said the Microsoft spokesperson.

This formal antitrust warning was expected and Microsoft was already reportedly looking to offer remedies to concerns by the European Union regulators.

Microsoft 'Confident' It Can Address EU Concerns Over Activision Deal

Microsoft is also dealing with concerns over its acquisition of Activision Blizzard by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in the US and the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) in the UK.

The FTC in December announced it was looking to sue to block Microsoft's acquisition of Activision Blizzard as it would give Microsoft the ability to suppress its competitors in gaming. 

A report from last month claims the FTC filed the lawsuit quicker than expected as a way to dissuade the European Union regulators from accepting a settlement allowing the deal to be approved. This is according to people familiar with the investigations.

The FTC reportedly filed its complaint a matter of hours after US and European Union officials held a call about their investigations into the deal. During the call the European Union regulators said they planned to start discussions with Microsoft about a settlement.

This knowledge is what led the FTC to file the lawsuit on the same day, even though this wasn't supposed to happen until later in the investigation, according to the report. The FTC wasn't going to act until the Spring, according to the sources.

Microsoft 'Confident' It Can Address EU Concerns Over Activision Deal

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. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at or on Twitter @TrunksWD.

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Mnementh (on 03 February 2023)

They might be able to settle with european regulators, but not the FTC, because the FTC needs to block this to achieve political credibility. The FTC will fight this to the end.

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Kakadu18 Mnementh (on 04 February 2023)

The FTC is incompetent.

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pukem0n Mnementh (on 04 February 2023)

if the EU and CMA approve, the merger will just happen anyway. Then the FTC needs to sue MS in federal court, not their own court. They have 0 hope to win that case in federal court.

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Manlytears (on 03 February 2023)

Hope this gets blocked. This "publisher buying" bullshit needs to end.

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method114 Manlytears (on 03 February 2023)

I don't think it will but I do agree after this enough is enough. This is for both sides.

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tslog (on 03 February 2023)

2 of the most corrupt countries ( in terms of $ amount ) are the ones trying to block this deal. Rest of the world see’s nothing wrong.
This deal will put MS on par with Sony in the most important ways.
The idea that being equal to your competitor is “‘anti-Trust” or a “monopoly” is clearly crazy BS.
Nothing but corruption/incompetence explains any hesitation wanting to deny this deal.

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method114 tslog (on 03 February 2023)

Are you saying the US and EU are more corrupt than Chile, Brazil, Saudia Arabia, and Serbia? That's a very weird stance to take. This dollar amount caveat you've inserted means nothing because the EU and US are the richest countries in the world clearly the dollar amount of corruption will be higher especially when we're talking about the EU which is a group of countries not just one.

People are seriously coming up with the weirdest arguments for why this deal needs to happen. FTC is unconstitutional, TLOU got great ratings, Sony made money this quarter. Relax let MS and the FTC figure this out.

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mjk45 method114 (on 03 February 2023)

One of those countries Saudi Arabia owns shares in Activision/Blizzard through its investment arm. and one more thing to consider is it isn't all about market share it also about lessening competition in this case a large 3rd party that was already on xbox and not in financial distress.

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ClassicGamingWizzz tslog (on 03 February 2023)

Are you upset?

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2zosteven tslog (on 03 February 2023)

US and EU are not the most corrupt countries but i see what you are saying and completely agree here.

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Qwark 2zosteven (on 04 February 2023)

The EU isn't even a country shows what you know.

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smroadkill15 tslog (on 03 February 2023)

I wouldn't say it's corruption but they certainly have alternative motives that are politically motivated.

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DonFerrari tslog (on 06 February 2023)

Yes the most upright countries and most clean regarding corruption approved, Brazil and Saudi Arabia right?

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Ayla (on 04 February 2023)

They should go after Sony if this deal doesn’t go through.

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pukem0n Ayla (on 04 February 2023)

they won't, but they will probably start using the same business tactics, i.e. getting huge 3rd party AAA exclusives for a year or two.

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DonFerrari pukem0n (on 06 February 2023)

They have been doing since X360. They stopped doing it during PS4 era due to being to expensive.

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DonFerrari Ayla (on 06 February 2023)

They who? You think autorithies won't approve MS to buy ABK but would approve they buying Sony?

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Jumpinbeans (on 04 February 2023)

MSFT's playbook - buy a company or offer a product at below cost, damage competitors through unfair practises, eke it out just long enough to be nearly fatal, apologise then make corrections. By then damage is done.

....and thats from the 1st Browser War (netscape).–2001)

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zero129 Jumpinbeans (on 04 February 2023)

Thats great when you have to use a thing from over 20 years ago to try make your point.

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