The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is reportedly “probably” filing an antitrust lawsuit to block the deal that saw Microsoft acquire Activision Blizzard for $68.7 million.
Politics reports the news coming from “three people with knowledge of the matter,” making it clear that the lawsuit is still “not guaranteed.”
The FTC’s four commissioners have not yet taken the time to vote on a complaint or schedule a meeting with lawyers from Microsoft and Activision, but the staff of the FTC FTC investigating the deal is “skeptical of the companies’ arguments.”
The biggest problem, according to the FTC, is that they are concerned whether this deal “gives Microsoft an unfair boost in the video game market.”
Sony is one of the biggest opponents in the deal and the question of whether and where Call of Duty will appear is one of the biggest topics. Despite Xbox boss Phil Spencer repeating that Call of Duty will be on PlayStation “as long as there’s a PlayStation to ship to,” there are still concerns about what other problems this deal could pose.
Sony previously said that Microsoft is a “Tech Titan buying up an irreplaceable piece of content at an unbeatable price to get ahead of the competition.”
Google also opposes the deal, claiming that Microsoft “has deliberately lowered the quality of the Game Pass service when used with Google’s Chrome operating system.” If the deal were to go through, it believes it would “give Microsoft further incentive to keep doing this.”
Microsoft has refuted many of these claims, saying that even if the deal can go through, it still ranks third.