The story of how Microsoft tried to buy Activision Blizzard seems endless, as it’s been over a year and the deal still hasn’t gone through. Among the dozens of situations and news that we discussed, in December 2022, players sued Microsoft for the purchase of Activision. They thought that I would create monopoly where Microsoft would dominatebut surprisingly rejected the claimensuring that there is no evidence to confirm it.
Microsoft has been struggling to try to close the Activision Blizzard purchase agreement, which is worth $68.7 billion. This became the most expensive purchase for Microsoft and the video game industry and, of course, raised alarm bells. And that’s it, with Activision blizzard and king in its possession, Microsoft would have in its possession franchises as popular as Call of Duty, World of Warcraft, Diablo, Overwatch or Candy Crush.
Players’ lawsuit against Microsoft was dismissed
Acquiring Activision Blizzard has been an odyssey for Microsoft as the regulators around the world are against them. We’ve seen this over the course of an entire year where they’ve suffered from everything. locks by FTCaccusing regulators microsoft monopoly
, Sony says Call of Duty would be exclusive and endless more. In the end, the company had to go make pacts with Nintendo, offering them 10 years of Call of Duty and it did the same with Sony, although it rejected it. We are now at a key moment for Microsoft, as within a few weeks the findings are expected to come out of the UK.
In the meantime, we bring you the latest news from Microsoft and Activision Blizzard, this time on the lawsuit filed by a group of 10 players in 2022. They claimed that if the deal went through, Microsoft would dominate the video game industry. This isn’t the first time we’ve heard this, but curiously they ended up dismissing the lawsuit. Judge Jacqueline Scott Corley was the one who gave the order to reject it, stating that a dominant position cannot be demonstrated with the purchase of Activision Blizzard.
Judge sides with Microsoft and Activision Blizzard
This conclusion shocks us, as Microsoft has been accused numerous times for this very thing. One of the main reasons they were against the deal was the fact that once they had Activision Blizzard in their possession it would give them an edge over the competition. In addition to dismissing the lawsuit against Microsoft and Activision Blizzard, Judge Corley appears to be against the complaints that the company has been receiving in all this time. He asked plaintiffs why they believe this settlement would lead to a less creative and diverse video game industry.
He also questioned the reason why he would end up being exclusive call of duty and that would cause lower sales of games. All accusations made by these players have been dropped. Corley believes that the information offered is insufficient to justify such statements. Of course, the judge was not on Microsoft’s side all the time, as she ensures that the company does not always tell the truth. The latter may be related to what happened between Sony, Bethesda and Microsoft, where promises were broken. Now that the lawsuit against Microsoft and players’ purchase of Activision Blizzard has been closed, they 20 days to open a new process.