FTC: Microsoft's ZeniMax deal is evidence against Activision merger

Microsoft has form for making games Xbox-exclusive after an acquisition

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FTC: Microsoft's ZeniMax deal provides powerful evidence against Activision merger
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FTC: Microsoft's ZeniMax deal provides powerful evidence against Activision merger

The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) says Microsoft's actions after acquiring ZeniMax and Bethesda provide "strong supporting evidence" for questioning the company's acquisition of Activision Blizzard.

In its court filing [pdf], the FTC says the way Microsoft managed the acquisition of studios under ZeniMax Media in 2021 is an indication of how it could handle the games produced by Activision-Bli...

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