Microsoft prepares to fight the FTC over the Activision Blizzard deal: It has been claimed that Microsoft has responded to the US Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) attempt to halt the company’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard. U.S. firm has made its case for why its $68.7 billion acquisition should go forward. The firm has also defended the purchase of Bethesda owner ZeniMax, saying that future titles from the studio may be Xbox and PC exclusives, as reported by The Verge.
Microsoft prepares to fight the FTC over the Activision Blizzard deal
The article did not divulge the titles of the games, but it did hint that The Elder Scrolls Vi and Starfield could be among those declared platform-exclusive. Concerns were expressed by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) over Microsoft’s proposed acquisition of Activision Blizzard because it could “allow Microsoft to stifle competitors to its Xbox gaming consoles and its quickly growing subscription content and cloud-gaming business.”
Video games like the Call of Duty series, which has consistently released some of the industry’s most acclaimed shooters, are also a target for those worried about Microsoft’s efforts to lock them into their platform. However, Microsoft has stated that Call of Duty will remain available to PlayStation users for as long as the Sony-owned platform exists, and that the business really plans to bring the Call of Duty titles on new systems like the Nintendo Switch.
Activision Chief Executive Officer Bobby Kotick told The Verge, “Our business has immense competition and little barriers to entry.” Currently, gamers have more options than ever before because to the proliferation of gaming gadgets. A wide variety of engines and tools are freely available to programmers of various sizes.