Microsoft explains why it should be allowed to buy Activision Blizzard

Microsoft’s FTC’s Activision Blizzard lawsuit has been in the news for a long time. Microsoft has filed a 37-page document explaining why it thinks it should be allowed to buy the gaming titan, Activision Blizzard.

In a statement to The Verge, Activision Blizzard’s CEO Bobby Kotick said , “There is no sensible, legitimate reason for our transaction to be prevented from closing. Our industry has enormous competition and few barriers to entry. We have seen more devices than ever before enabling players a wide range of choices to play games. Engines and tools are freely available to developers large and small. The breadth of distribution options for games has never been more widespread. We believe we will prevail on the merits of the case.”

Microsoft president Brad Smith said, “Even with confidence in our case, we remain committed to creative solutions with regulators that will protect competition, consumers, and workers in the tech sector. As we’ve learned from our lawsuits in the past, the door never closes on the opportunity to find an agreement that can benefit everyone.”


The Document

In the 37-page document Microsoft said, “Microsoft is buying Activision to meet the billions of gamers who choose to play on mobile devices instead of a console or PC, and to learn how to make games that appeal to and engage them. Xbox also wants to make Activision’s non-mobile games more broadly available. One way is by continuing to distribute Activision’s games everywhere they currently exist and expanding to additional platforms like Nintendo. Another is by adding new Activision console and PC game to Xbox’s Game Pass subscription service on the day those new games are released, creating new ways to access those games. Activision has never before put its new games immediately in subscription”

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