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European Union antitrust regulators have questioned Microsoft to see if it can compete fairly after buying Activision Blizzard

via:IT之家     time:2022/10/7 23:02:59     readed:134

Microsoft's acquisition of Activision Blizzard is getting a lot of attention in the gaming industry. If the deal is approved, Microsoft will own a range of IP titles such as Call of Duty. The deal is now under intense scrutiny by several agencies. One of them is the European Commission.

For now, Microsoft will have to wait until Nov. 8 to hear more from the commission. The acquisition has also been scrutinized by regulators around the world because of antitrust concerns.

Now, several antitrust regulators from the European Union are asking the game maker whether Microsoft will gain from buying Activision Blizzard and whether it will block competitors from acquiring Call of Duty.

The regulators also want to know whether Activision's user data could give Microsoft a competitive advantage in developing, publishing and operating PC and console games, according to documents found by Reuters.

Regulators also want to know if there will be enough alternatives on the market after this deal if Microsoft decides to offer Activision games exclusively on its Xbox, Xbox Game Pass and its cloud Game streaming service.

Another question is whether competitors such as NVIDIA GeForce NOW, PlayStation, Google Stadia, Amazon Luna, and Facebook Gaming are considered still attractive after the deal closes. All these questions must be answered by October 10, 2022.

In response, Microsoft recently launched a new website outlining the benefits of its acquisition of Activision Blizzard. Of course, it would be more accurate to say that Microsoft is trying to appeal to the European Commission and the UK's Competition and Markets Authority, which is also scrutinising the controversial deal.

IT home reported, spencer has previously said: "in January this year, we signed a contract with SONY agreement, to ensure the function of the call of duty on the PlayStation and content and the same before, at least in the current SONY and activision blizzard based on contracts signed for another few years, this is far beyond the usual game industry agreement."

For further reading:

SONY PlayStation's Jim Ryan Flies to EU to Express Concern over Microsoft's Xbox Acquisition of Activision Blizzard

SONY: Buying Studios to Help Them, Not to Compete

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