Report: FTC Could File an Antitrust Lawsuit to Block Xbox’s Activision Buyout

Earlier today, in a document published by UK government regulators, the Japanese giant insinuated that Microsoft’s “true strategy” is to ensure PlayStation is a “less effective” competitor. “Post-transaction, Xbox would become the one-stop shop for all the best-selling shooter franchises on console, […] and it would then be free from serious competitive pressure,” it said.

Microsoft, to its credit, has repeatedly insisted that it’ll continue to release Call of Duty games on PlayStation platforms – although Sony suits haven’t been convinced by the terms. The FTC, meanwhile, allegedly has concerns beyond Activision’s juggernaut first-person shooter franchise. “Investigators are trying to determine how Microsoft could leverage future, unannounced titles to boost its gaming business, according to two people with knowledge of the review,” Politico reports.


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