This latest update on the Activision Blizzard saga is not one we were expecting!
As highlighted by Bloomberg this week, a group of "videogamers" have decided to file a federal antitrust lawsuit against Microsoft's attempt to acquire Activision Blizzard, with the main document of the Court Dockets stating that "the threatened loss or damage to the Plaintiffs and to the public at-large by the merging of two giants in the video game industry is extensive and broad."
There are ten plaintiffs in all, many of which state they are PlayStation, PC and/or Nintendo Switch owners, with a few mentioning they currently play on Xbox as well. Similar to Sony's complaints about the acquisition, the suit advises that if the deal goes ahead, it could be detrimental in many ways to the gaming industry.
Plaintiffs: "If Microsoft’s proposed acquisition of Activision Blizzard is allowed to proceed, the video game industry may lose substantial competition, and Microsoft may have far-outsized market power, with the ability to foreclose rivals, limit output, reduce consumer choice, raise prices, and further inhibit competition."
It's an extensive document with 45 pages of notes, so the Plaintiffs aren't playing around here, but Microsoft doesn't seem overly concerned, repeating to Bloomberg this week that the acquisition will be beneficial for everyone:
Microsoft: “This deal will expand competition and create more opportunities for gamers and game developers as we seek to bring more games to more people."
In addition to this suit, Microsoft also has the US Federal Trading Commission to worry about right now, which has, too, announced its intention to challenge the acquisition in court. Meanwhile, both the European Commission and UK Competition and Markets Authority are conducting detailed "Phase 2" investigations into the deal.
There's still a long way to go with all of this, folks!
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