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FTC Resumes the Fight Against Microsoft's Acquisition of Activision Blizzard

The FTC has resumed its administrative case against the proposed acquisition of Activision Blizzard by Microsoft after having temporarily paused it in July.

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erinlime4d ago (Edited 4d ago )

The FTC will continue its case 21 days after the 9th Circuit ruling on the FTC's appeal, which will likely pass.

There is no preliminary injunction stopping the merger from happening, meaning Microsoft can go ahead with the acquisition, however the FTC can still break them up if they win the case.

Abriael4d ago (Edited 4d ago )

It's a big if, especially since that would have to go through three degrees of judgment before it becomes effective. The chance of such a decision surviving the Supreme Court is basically zero.

What they're doing now is basically wasting taxpayer money in the hope that the loss will push congress to give them more powers so that they're less likely to lose in future cases.

erinlime4d ago (Edited 4d ago )

I think it's pretty clear the FTC isn't seeking to waste taxpayer money, considering they've also recently started a similar antitrust court case against Amazon. Too much corporate consolidation is harmful to the industry as you can see with what's going on with Embracer Group shutting down studios they bought, and while it's fair to also not approve of Sony acquisitions (and I would agree), it's impossible to find a parallel on the same scale as what Microsoft is attempting.

Abriael4d ago (Edited 4d ago )

They have lost. They know it. We know it. Everyone knows it.
Two courts have already found their arguments lacking and that was before Microsoft pulled the rug completely from the cloud part of the case by selling the rights to Ubisoft.
Whatever the administrative judge decides will
1: be too late. The acquisition is closing as soon as the CMA gives its final approval next week.
2: Useless, as seeking a divestiture would have to go through courts that have already decided against the FTC and have absolutely no reason to change their mind.

So yes. They're literally wasting money and resources, and forcing the companies involved to do the same.

Christopher4d ago

***They have lost. They know it. We know it. Everyone knows it. ***

No, not really. They can still require concessions similar to the CMA to make it happen.

Abriael4d ago

@christopher. No they can't. The acquisition will have long closed by when they get around to it.

fsfsxii4d ago

dude shilling hard as if he gets paid by MS

Sephiroushin4d ago

he is been on the media for some years, i would not be surprised!

slate914d ago

Yall start throwing around the 'shilling' word when arguments start to go over your head or you just simply don't know what you're talking about.

Christopher3d ago

Abriael, just because the merger can continue based on a judge's decision doesn't mean it still can't be stopped. I told you before that even the FTC wasn't done and could do more and you said I was wrong. I'm not. I'm also not wrong about this. This is from corporate lawyers familiar with the FTC. Having said that, it is not very likely the FTC will win still, but they do have that ability. They for sure are not out of the game.

There's a difference between random people on the Internet saying it's a done deal and the FTC actually closing out the case. The FTC isn't done yet.

Notellin3d ago

Abriael just destroying everyone in these comments and then all the fanboys who don't like the truth click downvote. The N4G community doesn't represent anything other than Sony fanboys and little else.

esherwood3d ago

Something are governments great at doing. A bet any competent ceo could go to any government organization and pull an Elon firing 80% of the staff and actually improve the service

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Markdn4d ago

Abriael, no they can still. Demand concession even after it's closed. Do some. Research bud. It's can be along the lines of,... We have no choice to but to break apart the company, unless you sell blah blah to blah etc.

This is. Common practise. Stop trying to sound like. You know. Everything, you know nothing. Do I think it's a waste of money, No, it's never wasted if your trying to stop corporations become all powerful and influencing the market. NO CHOICE, is bad for everyone. If Sony and Nintendo stopped gaming tomorrow, gamepass would be 60 quid a month before December.

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esherwood3d ago (Edited 3d ago )

Man that was painful to read, pretty sure your not using correct punctuation

Markdn2d ago (Edited 2d ago )

Esherwood, when you make comments like this, and you haven't checked your own previous comment to this one..... Well what can we say about a difficult read loooool.

P. S. You missed the . In your comment too :).

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XiNatsuDragnel4d ago

Ftc still on the fight huh? Crazy.

SwissCheese4d ago

So they're going to hold a case AFTER Activision has joined Microsoft? This is a gross waste of taxpayer money.

Christopher4d ago

Just so you know, they do have the task of breaking up companies as well. I mean, you can have your opinion on this being a waste of taxpayer money, but the logic that it is because it's after the merger isn't good logic on why this shouldn't continue. If that were true, then there would never be any case for breaking up companies to begin with.

maniacmayhem4d ago

Curious, so when does it become a waste of tax payers money?

Reaper22_4d ago

Dude, it's over. Sometimes you just have to take a L and move on. This deal is gonna happen.

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Christopher3d ago (Edited 3d ago )

***Curious, so when does it become a waste of tax payers money? ***

That's a really subjective metric to be honest. It depends on economic and political views.

Christopher3d ago (Edited 3d ago )

For anyone responding to me that the FTC isn't involved in breaking up companies, please let me know what other government body there is that handles anti-monopoly and anti-competitive measures and why aren't they investigating this measure? Let alone the fact that the FTC are the lawyers who go to court on behalf of these measures, it's there another group who does that? Do people think all the evidence needed to carry this stuff through the courts pops out of thin air? They just wait on a group of citizens to make it all happen? If it's not the FTC doing all the work, who is it? It's definitely not the judges creating all that evidence.

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jwillj2k44d ago

What’s NOT a waste of tax payer money…? Straw man argument.

VariantAEC3d ago

Improving civil infrastructure, which is what taxes were made to do in the first place. Yeah, taxes have a place. Government forgot what to do with our money when they discovered they can just take it and put it in their own savings account... they discovered that about 120 years ago in the U.S.

Rimeskeem3d ago

If you think attempting to stop monopolies from occurring is a waste of taxpayer money I wonder what you would think of using taxpayer money on stuff like healthcare, education, and infrastructure.

SwissCheese2d ago

Attempting to stop monopolies is not a waste of money - going to court AGAIN when the court already said it isn't a monopoly & you've already lost 3 times is.

I'd rather the government invested that money in healthcare, education and infrastructure. I welcome that.

maniacmayhem4d ago

These guys just can't take the L and will continue to beat this dead horse into the ground, even after that embarrassing trial with Lena Khan

Sephiroushin4d ago

They probably know they are on the right, especially seeing everything that leaked, but its wasting time and money since MS probably bought many to get this approved and nothing will change but mentioned here they were going to be back and even try to break them if giving a chance and was told I was stupid, well here it is. And you know what calling it now, they will fail and come back and sue Microsoft for other things not related to gaming, just like they did with Epic, and now Amazon.

Neonridr3d ago

everything that leaked that was already evidence in the original case?

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Flexiblefish743d ago

The leaks is what they saw in court both FTC and the courts nothing they already know . Microsoft just leak what we not suppose to see . Same like when Sony shows the retracted documents by mistake .