Today Microsoft has announced the acquisition of Activision Blizzard, a purchase agreement that amounts to 68,700 million dollars and that, as the company itself has recognized, will place Xbox as the third video game company in terms of income, only behind Sony. and Tencent. However, before the deal is closed, the authorities have to give the go-ahead to a movement that, according to experts in the field, could face legal problems due to antitrust laws from the United States.
Gene Munster, founder of technology investment firm Loup, who has brought to light the possible obstacles with which Microsoft could be meeting in its interest to buy Activision Blizzard. According to this expert, the acquisition could already be going through this type of difficulty and he considers that there is a “collision” of opinion between Silicon Valley and the United States government, which has strengthened its antitrust position in recent months, focusing mainly on the big technology companies.
and many more!— Xbox (@Xbox) January 18, 2022
Despite the problems, there is confidence that the acquisition will be carried out
According to an email sent by Bobby Kotick, CEO of Activision Blizzard, the closing of this acquisition is scheduled for before june next year, at which point Microsoft’s fiscal year will end. Both the acquired company and the buyer have taken it for granted that the agreement will come to fruition and that they will receive the approval of the authorities. Munster, the investment expert, also considers that finally the purchase can be carried out, as he is convinced that both have top-notch banking and financial advice.
When that happens, Microsoft will have more than 30 development studios at Xbox Game Studios and leverage to bring Xbox Game Pass, which has already surpassed the 25 million subscriber barrier, as many Activision Blizzard games as it can, as they have admitted literally today.