Microsoft may proceed with $69bn Activision Blizzard deal, judge rules

  • July 11, 2023
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Judge dismisses FTC request to halt deal over concerns it would give Microsoft exclusive access to Activision games

A US judge ruled on Tuesday that Microsoft may go forward with its planned acquisition of videogame maker Activision Blizzard, turning aside antitrust enforcers’ request for a preliminary injunction to temporarily stop the $69bn deal.

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) had originally asked the judge to stop the proposed deal, arguing it would give Microsoft Corp, maker of the Xbox gaming console, exclusive access to Activision games including the best-selling Call of Duty. The agency’s concern was that the deal would potentially preclude the availability of those videogames on other platforms.

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