Japanese regulator clears Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard, sees no substantial harm to competition
The Japan Fair Trade Commission (JFTC) has reviewed Microsoft’s proposed acquisition of Activision Blizzard. According to the regulator, the $68.7 billion deal won’t reduce competition in the market.
Chris Avellone secures 7-figure settlement from his accusers who now say “he deserves a full return to the industry”
Women who accused Chris Avellone of sexual misconduct have now dropped their claims. The video game writer will receive monetary compensation as part of a confidential settlement between the parties.
UK regulator says it “would not be commercially beneficial” to Microsoft to make CoD exclusive to Xbox
The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has updated its provisional findings related to Microsoft’s proposed acquisition of Activision Blizzard. Due to new evidence, the regulator has narrowed the scope of its concerns.
Disco Elysium creators continue their fight against ZA/UM: “Paying back stolen money does not undo the crime”
Robert Kurvitz and Aleksander Rostov, original creators of Disco Elysium, have shared an update on their legal dispute with ZA/UM. Both stated that they didn’t drop their unfair dismissal claims.
FTC wants more documents from Microsoft, including info about its ‘next-generation gaming ecosystem’
The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is now demanding additional documents from Microsoft. The regulator wants more information related to the company’s $68.7 billion acquisition of Activision Blizzard.
Disco Elysium co-creator Robert Kurvitz drops dismissal lawsuit against ZA/UM due to ‘lack of evidence’
The legal fight between ZA/UM and Disco Elysium original developers has taken a new turn. It appears that the game’s co-creators Robert Kurvitz and Aleksander Rostov have dropped their claims to the studio.
Microsoft rejects UK regulator’s divestment proposal. Sony wants CoD to “remain in independent hands”
Microsoft and Sony have responded to the provisional findings of the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority. The main stumbling blocks are the potential exclusivity of Call of Duty and the impact of the Activision Blizzard deal on consoles and subscription services.
FTC grants Microsoft access to Sony’s exclusivity agreements and some of its internal documents
The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has ruled on Sony’s motion to ban Microsoft from searching its internal documents related to the Activision Blizzard deal. The Japanese publisher will now have to mostly comply with the subpoena.
UK regulator offers Microsoft to take Call of Duty out of equation in Activision Blizzard deal
The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has published its provisional findings as part of its in-depth investigation into Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard. The regulator proposed a few remedies such as excluding Call of Duty from the $68.7 billion deal.
Microsoft’s chances of clearing Activision Blizzard deal in US and Europe to fade away if UK watchdog decides to block it
Microsoft’s $68.7 billion acquisition of Activision Blizzard is still under regulatory pressure in both the US and Europe. And a recent report claims that the Redmond-based company expects the UK agency to oppose the record-breaking deal.
Chile clears Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard, sees no significant risks for competition
Microsoft’s $68.7 billion acquisition of Activision Blizzard has been approved in another jurisdiction. The Chilean regulator greenlit the record deal, saying it won’t significantly affect competition in the games market.
EU sends Microsoft rivals 91-page questionnaire on Activision Blizzard acquisition
The European Commission wants to hear what rivals think about Microsoft’s proposed acquisition of Activision Blizzard. Through a large questionnaire, antitrust regulators plan to find out how this deal could affect the games market.
Epic Games to pay record $520 million fine over Fortnite’s dark billing practices and children’s privacy violation
The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has hit Epic Games with a $520 million fine. The Fortnite maker will pay a whopping sum for violating children’s privacy law and tricking players into making unwanted purchases.
Robert Kurvitz says repayment of €4.8 million to ZA/UM changes nothing, still considers his legal options
The battle over Disco Elysium continues. The game’s lead game designer Robert Kurvitz has now confirmed that he is still seeking legal options against ZA/UM’s new majority shareholder, who ousted him from the studio.
FTC sues Microsoft to block Activision Blizzard acquisition over potential threat to competition
The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has eventually decided to challenge Microsoft in court by filing an antitrust lawsuit against the company. It sees the Activision Blizzard deal as a huge threat to market competition.
Disco Elysium producer withdraws lawsuit against ZA/UM majority shareholder
New details in the legal drama surrounding ZA/UM and original creators of Disco Elysium have emerged. One of the lawsuits against the company has been withdrawn, and its majority shareholder had to pay back €4.8 million he illegally pulled from the studio.