Report: FTC might file antitrust lawsuit to block Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard
The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) considers challenging Microsoft’s takeover of Activision Blizzard by filing an antitrust lawsuit. This might potentially lead to the companies renegotiating or even abandoning the deal.
Chinese regulator refused to review Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard under simplified procedure
China is one of the countries that should investigate the $68.7 billion deal between Microsoft and Activision Blizzard. The local regulator also wants to review the issues that other governments have with the acquisition.
Epic Games claims Google paid Activision Blizzard $360 million to keep it from making its own app store
The mobile environment is never calm, as Epic Games has now come up with new allegations against Google. It accused the company of making multi-million dollar deals with big publishers, including Activision Blizzard, to block potential competition.
Game Insight’s entity in Russia declared bankrupt, its leadership facing criminal charges
The Russian entity of mobile developer Game Insight has been officially declared bankrupt. In addition to that, a criminal case has been opened against its leadership, with the company owing millions to its former employees.
Chris Avellone recently filed another defamation lawsuit to ‘vindicate his reputation’, seeking over $75k in damages
It has been reported that games industry veteran Chris Avellone recently filed another defamation lawsuit against one of his accusers. He is now seeking damages, claiming all misconduct allegations were false and were made to destroy his reputation.
EU concerned that Microsoft could make Activision Blizzard games exclusive to Xbox, opens in-depth investigation
The European Commission has opened a second phase of its investigation into Microsoft’s proposed acquisition of Activision Blizzard. The regulator outlined its concerns about how the deal could reduce competition.
State of Survival players accuse devs of false advertising and misleading in-game prices
FunPlus and KingsGroup Holdings have faced a class action lawsuit from players of their popular mobile game State of Survival. Users accused the developers of falsely advertising limited time sales alongside big prices that never existed.
Brazilian regulator approves Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard, sees no risk to competition in console market
Brazil’s Administrative Council for Economic Defense (CADE) has ruled on the Activision Blizzard acquisition. The regulator approved the deal with no restrictions, saying that Call of Duty’s potential exclusivity to the Xbox ecosystem won’t harm competition.
FTC has ‘significant concerns’ about Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard, ruling to come in November
The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is expected to rule on Microsoft’s proposed acquisition of Activision Blizzard next month. The regulator is now listening to concerns that other parties have about this deal.
Chairman of FromSoftware’s parent company Kadokawa arrested on suspicion of paying $481k bribe
Japanese prosecutors have arrested the chairman of Kadokawa Corporation, the parent company of Elden Ring developer FromSoftware. He is suspected of giving several bribes in connection with the infamous Tokyo Games case.
UK regulator might expand its investigation into Microsoft-Activision deal due to multiple competition threats
UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has expressed its concerns over Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard. The regulator says the deal might lessen competition, asking both companies to address these concerns.