Organisation: Microsoft

FTC expert's market definition challenged by judge in Microsoft trial

The judge presiding over the Federal Trade Commission’s bid to stop Microsoft from buying Activision Blizzard has questioned the decision of the government’s expert to exclude personal computers and Nintendo from his analysis.

28 June 2023

Google and progressives encourage FTC action against top cloud providers

Google and multiple antitrust advocacy groups are urging the Federal Trade Commission to police conduct they say inhibits competition for cloud computing services.

27 June 2023

Call of Duty will never be exclusive to Microsoft, exec promises

Microsoft will not degrade or revoke rivals’ access to Activision Blizzard’s hit video game Call of Duty, the head of Xbox has vowed.

26 June 2023

Microsoft made game exclusive to Xbox after acquisition, developer says

Microsoft reversed a developer’s plans to sell a highly-anticipated game on multiple consoles after the two companies merged, a game designer has testified during the first day of a trial that will determine if Microsoft/Activision is allowed to proceed.

23 June 2023

Microsoft/Activision Blizzard faces New Zealand hurdle

New Zealand’s Commerce Commission has raised concerns that Microsoft’s $68.7 billion acquisition of Activision Blizzard could lead to foreclosure in the cloud gaming market, as the companies continue to fight parallel merger challenges in the UK and US.

20 June 2023

Microsoft pushes for summer trial in bid to overturn UK Activision Blizzard deal block

Microsoft has urged the UK’s Competition Appeal Tribunal to grant its application for a summer hearing challenging the national antitrust watchdog’s “outlier” decision to block its proposed acquisition of Activision Blizzard so as to remove any uncertainty over the deal.

30 May 2023

EU Microsoft/Activision Blizzard clearance puts UK merger divergence back into spotlight

The European Commission has approved Microsoft’s $68.7 billion purchase of Activision Blizzard subject to cloud gaming licensing commitments, less than three weeks after the UK’s antitrust enforcer blocked the deal.

15 May 2023

CAT rejects Microsoft's bid to split pre-owned software retailer trial

The UK’s Competition Appeal Tribunal has refused Microsoft’s request to divide a second-hand software seller’s £270 million damages claim into two separate trials, saying it was not guaranteed to save costs and might even lead to a third trial.

09 May 2023

Unexpected Microsoft/Activision Blizzard deal block underlines CMA’s steadfast approach to remedies

Lawyers predict that late revisions by the UK’s competition watchdog to its provisional findings in Microsoft/Activision Blizzard will play a key role in the companies' appeal against a merger block that surprised many but was altogether consistent with the agency’s “very strict approach” to behavioural remedies.

26 April 2023

South Africa approves Microsoft/Activision after Call of Duty assurances

South Africa’s Competition Commission has approved Microsoft’s $67.8 billion acquisition of Activision Blizzard, following a global assurance from the parties that they will continue to supply the Call of Duty franchise to competitors.

19 April 2023

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