Microsoft Emerges Victorious in US Court Case Against FTC

Della Bryant
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In a significant turn of events, Microsoft has emerged triumphant in its legal battle against the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) as Judge Jaqueline Scott Corley denied the FTC’s request for a preliminary injunction. This ruling marks a major victory for Microsoft in its ongoing attempt to acquire Activision Blizzard, although certain obstacles still remain.

However, Microsoft’s journey is not yet over. The tech giant will now need to address the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) in the United Kingdom or find alternative ways to navigate the UK’s regulatory landscape. A hearing is scheduled for July 28th in this regard. Nonetheless, Microsoft can celebrate its hard-fought and significant win against the FTC.

While the FTC retains the right to appeal the decision, the general consensus among the public seems to be in favor of Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard, despite some competitors and regulatory bodies previously expressing concerns. The CMA remains a major hurdle, but the upcoming hearing on July 28th aims to address this obstacle. With the preliminary injunction denied in the US, Microsoft now faces fewer barriers on its path to acquiring Activision Blizzard.

In response to the ruling, Douglas Farrar, spokesperson for the US Federal Trade Commission, expressed disappointment, stating:

“We are disappointed in this outcome given the clear threat this merger poses to open competition in cloud gaming, subscription services, and consoles. In the coming days, we’ll be announcing our next step to continue our fight to preserve competition and protect consumers.”

As the debate continues, some may be weary of the ongoing discussions, while others eagerly anticipate Microsoft’s future moves as it seeks to acquire Activision Blizzard for a staggering $69 billion.

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