In the case between Microsoft and the FTC over the giant’s intention to acquire Activision-Blizzard, many things have been said; each wishing to defend their arguments with more or less virulence. However, you have to know how to handle words, and Microsoft now seems to regret its own.
Microsoft reconsiders its remarks
On December 23, Microsoft was responding to the fears of the FTC with aplomb, asserting that the FTC Administrative Tribunal’s review of the case violated Article II of the United States Constitution, and went against the separation of powers and the Due Process Clause of the 5th Amendment.
In an article published today by
Axioswe discover the news
answer of the firm, which no longer includes these remarks. David Cuddy, Microsoft’s public affairs spokesperson, told Axios that they wouldn’t have known how to use those terms.
The FTC has an important mission to protect competition and consumers, and we quickly updated our response to omit language suggesting otherwise based on the Constitution.
We initially put all potential arguments on the table internally and should have dropped those defenses before filing the case.
Activision follows suit
Also according to Axios, Activision is also dropping similar claims it included in its response to the FTC. The publisher said in particular that the FTC was blinded by “ideological skepticism” and lost sight of the extremely competitive reality of the video game industry, as well as the guiding principles of the antitrust laws of the United States.
Remember that recently we learned that Microsoft may approve takeover without FTC approvalif the CMA and the European Union were to confirm the takeover proposal.
At the same time, the CMA announced yesterday to extend the deadline for its investigation. If it was initially to deliver its verdict on March 1, 2023, it is finally April 26, 2023 that we will be fixed. To be continued.