Google isn't too happy about Microsoft's acquisition of Activision Blizzard, according to Politico. Google may not be one of the most popular players in the gaming market right now, but the company is also very interested in gaming.
Google believes Microsoft is deliberately lowering the quality of its Game Pass subscription service on ChromeOS devices, and with the acquisition of Activision Blizzard, Google is concerned that games on its ChromeOS platform will suffer.
Foreign media say that although Google's concerns are different from SONY's concerns, they are very similar in nature. IT House has learned that Google has previously decided to abandon its cloud gaming platform Stadia, its biggest foray into the gaming market yet.
Google's main argument revolves around the way games are played via XGP/PGP on Google's ChromeOS system, which Google claims Microsoft is deliberately slowing down. This is an interesting argument, given that Microsoft is also aggressively deploying its cloud gaming services, and Xbox Cloud gaming already supports Linux and ChromeOS devices.
The Activision deal is already being investigated by regulators in eight different countries around the world. With Google now coming out with its own concerns about the acquisition, it will be interesting to see how this plays out in the long run.