Google and Nvidia have reportedly joined Sony in raising concerns with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) over Microsoft’s planned $69 billion acquisition of Activision Blizzard. According to a Bloomberg report.
Both companies will claim that by acquiring Activision Blizzard, Microsoft will gain an unfair advantage in the cloud, subscription and mobile gaming markets. However, a source told Bloomberg that at least Nvidia isn’t explicitly opposed to the acquisition, though it has emphasized the importance of equal access to game titles.
The report does not detail other specific concerns for either company. Microsoft is currently a strong competitor in cloud gaming alongside Nvidia with GeForce Now, as Google’s Stadia folded last year. In mobile gaming, however, Microsoft clearly has a small presence.
In fact, Xbox chief Phil Spencer previously named Activision Blizzard’s mobile division as a cornerstone of the planned acquisition, and documents related to the deal revealed that Microsoft wants to use King To create a new Xbox Mobile Console.
Nvidia and Google join Sony as the two main companies to approach governing bodies on the acquisition, though the latter two on the basis of tone are certainly softer on the issue. Late last year, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that it would file a lawsuit to block Microsoft’s takeover attempt, fearing that the deal would hurt competition from rival console makers through exclusivity. The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has raised similar concerns.
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Over the past few months, Microsoft has tried several times to address these concerns, including offering a deal to keep Call of Duty on PlayStation for ten years, and a similar promise to bring the series to Nintendo consoles.
Because there is no sache pas exactement dans quelle mesure Nvidia or Google continue to d’être impliqués, les deux sociétés pourraient potentiellement être appelées à témoigner devant of the FTC lorsque the procès sera juge, ce que selon Bloomberg, est prévu pour août de this year.
Rebecca Valentine is a reporter for IGN. You can find her on Twitter @employee.
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