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Statement on EU Warning over Microsoft / Activision Merger

According to reports, the European Union issued Microsoft a formal antitrust warning over its $69 billion bid for Activision-Blizzard

Feb 03, 2023

The following statement can be attributed to George Rakis, Executive Director for NextGen Competition (

News that the European Union has found that Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard could threaten fair competition in the video game market is not surprising. The deal raises numerous competition, labor, and privacy concerns that neither Microsoft nor Activision have been able to adequately address.

As a Forbes contributor recently pointed out, Microsoft is arguing that keeping Call of Duty multiplatform just “makes business sense,” but the company is also saying it “makes business sense” to keep Redfall, Starfield, or the next Elder Scrolls as Xbox exclusives. That logic sounds more like arbitrary case-by-case decision-making and is just as concerning as Microsoft’s inability to answer questions about its plans to address Activision's toxic workplace culture and anti-union efforts.

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