The FTC shapes its investigation into Microsoft and Activision Blizzard

Since Microsoft announced that he would buy Activision Blizzardthe eyes have been shared between the impressive catalog of intellectual property that would remain under the control of those from Redmond, the very serious scandal over the allegations of sexual harassment that even splashes Bobby Kotick, the company’s CEO, and the regulatory stumbling block that would be a business of such magnitude. And in these lines we will focus on the latter, since they have been known details of the approach the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) will take to its investigation.

As reported Informationthe approach of the US body that presides over Lina Khan I would put special emphasis on three topics. On the one hand, in the access that both companies would have to the public’s data; on the other, in the labor market of the video game developer studio; and finally, how the transaction would impact workers who have sued Activision Blizzard for discrimination, harassment and other workplace harassment.

However, this would not be all. The aforementioned report also mentions that the regulators will also study the hypothetical impact that the agreement would have on a “competitive metaverse”. This makes sense, as Satya Nadella, the CEO of Microsoft, has publicly mentioned that they see Activision Blizzard as a fundamental piece to build your vision of a life in virtuality.

“The metaverse is essentially about making games. It’s about being able to put people, places or things into a physics engine and then have them all relate to each other. […] For me, being great at making games gives us permission to build this next platform, which is essentially the next internet: embodied presence. Today, I play a game, but I’m not in the game.”

Satya Nadella, on the importance of Activision Blizzard in the construction of the Metaverse.

FTC investigation into business between Microsoft and Activision Blizzard takes shape

The investigation that the Federal Trade Commission will carry out into the agreement between Microsoft and Activision Blizzard is still in a very early phase. In fact, last month the agency requested that both companies provide more information regarding the business valued at almost 69,000 million dollars.

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