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Microsoft/Activision Blizzard, In the Matter of

9412 | Federal Trade Commission

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Filed Dec. 8, 2022
Case Flags Competition, Office of Administrative Law Judges, Merger, and Gaming
FTC Matter/File Number 2210077
Case Summary
The Federal Trade Commission authorized an administrative complaint against the proposed merger between Microsoft Corp. and Activision Blizzard, Inc., a video game developer that creates and publishes games such as Call of Duty, World of Warcraft, Diablo, and Overwatch. Microsoft sells the Xbox gaming console and also offers a video game subscription service called Xbox Game Pass, as well as a cloud-based video game streaming service. The agency alleges that the deal would enable Microsoft to suppress competitors to its Xbox gaming consoles and its rapidly growing subscription and cloud-gaming business. The Commission withdrew the matter from adjudication in July 2023, and returned it to adjudication on September 26, 2023. The evidentiary hearing will commence 21 days after the issuance of the district court's decision in FTC v. Microsoft.
Case Type Administrative
Status Pending
Last Updated: 4 hours ago
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