Microsoft tells judges its $69 billion Activision deal would benefit gamers

Microsoft tells judges its $69 billion Activision deal would benefit gamers

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Key Facts

  • Microsoft (MSFT) made the argument in a filing aimed at convincing a judge at the US Federal Trade Commission to allow the deal to proceed, after FTC commissioners said the merger would hamper competition in the gaming industry in a complaint this month aimed at blocking the deal.
  • In a complaint on Dec. 8, the FTC said its concern was that Activision’s popular games, including “World of Warcraft” and “Diablo,” potentially would stop being offered on devices that rival Microsoft’s Xbox.
  • Microsoft President Brad Smith said in mid-December the company had offered to sign a legally binding consent decree with the FTC to provide “Call of Duty” games to rivals including Sony and others for a decade.
  • Smith said in a statement this week he was still confident in the company’s legal case but remained “committed to creative solutions with regulators.”

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