Obstacles to the purchase of Activision Blizzard by Microsoft continue to arise and it is that the analyzes of the regulatory bodies, now a demand is added by players from the United States.
As detailed KotakuIn the United States, the Clayton Antitrust Act of 1914 allows people to sue companies for anticompetitive behavior, which is whye a group of 10 players have filed a lawsuit to stop the acquisition.
From the media, they had access to the lawsuit, which points out that the plaintiffs are concerned that “the merger may substantially lessen competition or tend to create a monopoly.”
As specified, the purchase would violate Section 7 of the Clayton Law, which establishes thatAcquisitions that lessen competition are prohibited by antitrust law. On the occasion, they also refer to the other studies that Microsoft has been acquiring in recent years.
This is how the lawsuit points out that in the event of the purchase being completed, Microsoft would have “outsized market power and the ability to foreclose key inputs to rivals and further harm competition.”
On the other hand, from Microsoft they defended the transaction, noting that “this agreement will broaden competition and create more opportunities for gamers and game developers as we seek to bring more games to more people.”
It must be remembered that the main opponent of the transaction being completed is PlayStation, with Microsoft offering them deals of up to 10 years.