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Statement on FTC Decision to File an Injunction Seeking to Block Microsoft-Activision Blizzard Deal

FTC injunction seeks to disrupt the deal as its mid-July deadline approaches

Jun 13, 2023

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

We applaud the FTC for seeking an injunction and believe it’s the appropriate response to Microsoft’s escalating threats against regulators worldwide. The Commission must stand firm in the face of bullying, name-calling, and threats from both Microsoft and Activision’s leadership. We’ve always known that Microsoft’s “nice guy” reputation in Washington, D.C., wouldn’t last once the company came into the regulator’s crosshairs.

While the “nice guy” facade may have worked in the EU, the FTC isn’t backing down, nor should they. They’ve raised countless antitrust issues that clearly show how this merger will harm long-term competition in the video game industry—and, more importantly, consumer choice.

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