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Following his statements on the impact of the acquisition of Activision Blizzard by Microsoft on competition, Bobby Kotic extended his statements and confirmed that he has confidence in the management of Xbox.
As we know, the AMC is slowing down the process and has moved towards a phase 2 review by antitrust authorities. This comes as no surprise to Mr. Kotic, who knows that such movements of funds create speculation and affect the interests of other large companies.
Our own board recognized that this was a lot of money in a very, very weak place. I’m not really surprised that we have moved to phase 2″, says Mr. Kotic.
Microsoft won’t be a drag on Activision with controlled management, Kotic says.
Whenever there is a change in direction, the question always arises whether it will affect the pace of work or change the work environment. In response to this, Bobby Kotic replied that he has confidence in Microsoft’s management as a company, which is why he believes it will work when it becomes part of the Vivendi group.
I don’t expect it to be very different from what happened when we were at Vivendi. They allowed us to run the business completely independently. I think a big part of the problem will be, and Microsoft will probably want to, to keep almost everyone.
Speculation around this deal is rife, from there it seems that for some the purchase is more than assured, while other studies indicate that there is no guarantee. On the other hand, there’s also the CMA’s own regulator, which has a few vested interests that favor Sony. In short, we have to wait for the final decision in March 2023.