Microsoft, which operates the Xbox business, announced in January 2022 that it would acquire Activision Blizzard, which handles the “Call of Duty” series, but Sony and the United States and the United States are opposing and trying to block this. Google and NVIDIA appear to be new additions to the regulatory camp.
Google and NVIDIA also ‘concerned’ about acquisition
Microsoft expects to complete the acquisition of Activision Blizzard and its studios in fiscal year 2023. If it is realized, Activision’s flagship title “Call of Duty” series will be acquired, and it will become the third largest game industry in the world.
However, this acquisitionIt may hinder the healthy competitive environment in the game industryAs such, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in the United States is currently in motion, and a trial is scheduled in August to block the takeover.
And on January 13, Japan time, a new movement was seen. So far, outside of regulators, Activision’s longtime partner, Sony, has opposed the acquisition.Bloombergreported that it is deeply involved in the game industry.GoogleWhenNVIDIAalso reportedly expressed “concerns” about the acquisition.
While Nvidia did not directly oppose the deal, sources said that along with Google, it “could give Microsoft an unfair advantage in the cloud, subscription and mobile gaming markets.”Provided information to support key FTC claims‘ and may be asked to testify at the hearing in August.
Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision, history so far
- January: Google and NVIDIA express concerns about the acquisition (Current)
Microsoft’s Activison acquisition plan has been approved by regulatory authorities in Saudi Arabia, Brazil and Chile.