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F.T.C. Sues to Block Microsoft’s $69 Billion Acquisition of Activision


The deal between Microsoft and Activision has been under review by 16 regulators around the world, but the F.T.C. is the first of three key regulators, including in Britain and the European Union, to reach a decision on the acquisition.Microsoft has argued that the deal benefits consumers because Microsoft could make Activision’s broad library of games available to more people on different platforms and as part of a bundled subscription to Xbox Game Pass, its Netflix-like streaming offering, instead of downloading and buying each game individually.But the F.T.C. said customers would be harmed because Microsoft could misuse Activision’s hugely popular games to its advantage, by withholding them from c …

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