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What does the FTC's lawsuit mean for the Microsoft Activision deal?

By Mikhail Klimentov and Riley MacLeod

08 Dec 2022 · 4 min read

Editor's Note

News the FTC is suing to block Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard has sent shock waves through the gaming industry. The Washington Post explains what this will mean for those involved.

The Federal Trade Commission is suing to block Microsoft's proposed $69 billion acquisition of the video game publisher and developer Activision Blizzard.

The news sent shock waves through the video game industry. The assumption since the deal was announced in January was that the deal - like Microsoft's 2021 acquisition of video game publisher ZeniMax - would go through. But the FTC's new lawsuit is an enormous, unexpected barrier to the deal's completion.

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