interesting turn of events Which is in favor of Microsoft this time. We recently saw how the FTC publicly announced its intention to block Activision’s purchase of Blizzard, while the people of Redmond made it clear they were prepared to go to court. Apparently, the European Commission has been asked about the main argument that the FTC and in this sense it is Microsoft that has benefited.
To make it relevant FTC alleges Microsoft lied to the European Union About ZeniMax Games Exclusivity (Bethesda’s parent company): “Microsoft decided to make several Bethesda titles, such as Starfield and Redfall, Microsoft exclusives, despite convincing European antitrust authorities that there was no incentive to retain games from rival consoles.” he insisted. Federal Trade Commission.
Although MLX Medium has contacted the European Commission to verify the above information, the EU has been very clear on this. ResetEra user Idas has published a response from the EU as to the payment hurdle in the original article, but they assure that Microsoft did not commit before EU regulatory bodies not to publish exclusive content For Xbox after the acquisition of ZeniMax, as they have gathered from Wccftech.
,Commission authorized unconditionally Microsoft/Xenimax Operation coming to the conclusion that Will not raise competition concerns“, the EU said in an email. The absence of competition concerns was “not based on any statement by Microsoft regarding the future distribution strategy of ZeniMax games.”
In fact, from the European Commission they believe that making Bethesda titles exclusive no significant impact on competition Because rivals will not be denied access to “essential inputs”, and other consoles will continue to have a “large variety” of engaging content.
What do other countries say about Microsoft buying?
We recently reported that Brazil’s regulator has approved Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard. he went ahead and left something indirect towards sony And set an example for Nintendo. It was the second country to give a green signal to the merger, but the first was Saudi Arabia, which had no barriers. Similarly, another region that gave the green light to the merger was Serbia, which means one more step to stop buying.
However, the EU initially did not approve Microsoft’s purchase of Activision Blizzard. since last november 8 By March 23, 2023 The acquisition investigation will remain in Phase 2. However, the same happened with the CMA of the United Kingdom, as currently acquired is in the same phase, Microsoft remains confident that Shopping will close in the summer of 2023,