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Remember the big news back in January that Microsoft was acquiring Activision Blizzard? Well, the FTC aren't happy about it and are trying to block it.

In a statement the FTC said "The Federal Trade Commission is seeking to block technology giant Microsoft Corp. from acquiring leading video game developer Activision Blizzard, Inc. and its blockbuster gaming franchises such as Call of Duty, alleging that the $69 billion deal, Microsoft’s largest ever and the largest ever in the video gaming industry, would enable Microsoft to suppress competitors to its Xbox gaming consoles and its rapidly growing subscription content and cloud-gaming business.".

The whole deal has been alarming in some ways, because of the constant increasing amount of developers and publishers being swallowed up by bigger companies. This consolidation of power is never a good thing for consumers as a whole. It's not just a Microsoft problem, it's an industry problem. Take Embracer for example, they own or control around 850 franchises and 132 development studios. 

What do you think about this news? Let us know in the comments.

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Comandante Ñoñardo 12 Dec, 2022
Finally, a sample of common sense!
soulsource 12 Dec, 2022
They should have intervened much sooner, when Activision bought Blizzard.
StalePopcorn 12 Dec, 2022
I don't have much hope for the outcome, I feel it's for show. I hate the idea of monolithic monopolies snatching up everything…I'm not looking forward to having to sign in with an Xbox Live account for everything—have you heard of a little game called Minecraft?
Brokatt 12 Dec, 2022
I sincerely hope FTC will stop this deal. These big acquisitions has to stop. They are disaster for competition and while Microsoft right now seems open to Linux and Steam, they are just one board meeting away from releasing a new Xbox Store App, make it exclusive to Windows 11 and lock all their games to that store.
pb 12 Dec, 2022
I have no strong feelings one way or the other.
Arehandoro 12 Dec, 2022
Now is when the FSTC allows Nintendo to buy it, so it can be almost as big as Sony and Microsoft, or even allows Amazon...

Last edited by Arehandoro on 12 December 2022 at 1:01 pm UTC
tfk 12 Dec, 2022
On YouTube 90 percent of the comments seem to be in vavour of the acquisition... weird but true.
Liam Dawe 12 Dec, 2022
Quoting: tfkOn YouTube 90 percent of the comments seem to be in vavour of the acquisition... weird but true.
Easy to see why though: people want all their games on GamePass without thinking about the wider picture.
massatt212 12 Dec, 2022
i dont like it, they should allow Microsoft to acquire Activision, Sony is steady buying up single studios and everyone is worshipping it, now Microsoft wants to compete its a problem, its so weird, i believe Blizzard will be in better hands with Microsoft compare to Activision.

Everyone saying microsoft if a Terrible company, just remember what Micheal Jackson said about sony, they both are bad.
Termy 12 Dec, 2022
USA politics haven't had the best run in regards to 'sane decisions' the last if they really stop this for good, this would be a very welcomed exception ^^

Quoting: tfkOn YouTube 90 percent of the comments seem to be in vavour of the acquisition... weird but true.

90% of people also deem Windows a sane choice for an OS to put private data that number's not really something to base an important decision on ;)
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