IN 2021, Microsoft inked a deal with Activision Blizzard to buy the Call of Duty publisher for nearly $70 billion (£60 billion).
Since then, however, the proposed purchase has been in the hands of investigators around the world who are deciding whether the takeover would result in a monopoly in the gaming industry.
Call of Duty is the best-selling series in the world and generates more revenue for its publisher than any other game.
The concern is that by acquiring Activision Blizzard, Microsoft would gain significant market power and negate competition from other platforms.
Microsoft claims this is not the case and intends to allow the popular shooter series to be released on multiple platforms.
It seems to make those claims true and has already struck a 10-year deal with Nintendo to publish Call of Duty games on its platforms.
Still, Sony is working hard to block the deal and it seems it’s not alone in its crusade.
As reported in Hollywood reporterNow 10 gamers from the States have filed lawsuits against Microsoft in hopes of being able to block the takeover.
The players from New Jersey, California and New Mexico claim that even if Call of Duty is released on competing platforms, there are other factors at play.
The complaint brings up the fact that Microsoft may delay the release of games on competing platforms or degrade the quality of games by creating Xbox-exclusive features.
It states: “Microsoft has currently publicly promised to keep Activision Blizzard game content, including Call of Duty, available on platforms owned and developed by competitors such as Sony’s PlayStation console, but its history implies that these promises are illusory.”
This is in reference to Microsoft’s acquisition of ZeniMax Media in 2020. The company promised to continue releasing Starfield on competing platforms, only to later announce that it would be exclusive to Microsoft.
A Microsoft representative disagreed with the lawsuit, saying the company intends to “increase competition and create more opportunities for gamers and game developers as we try to bring more games to more people.”
The company also intends to pursue approval of the acquisition in court.
Written by Georgina Young on behalf of GOOD LUCK AND HAVE FUN.
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