Recently, we told you about the concessions that Microsoft should make to the FTC to advance the takeover of Activision Blizzard. The Redmond company is trying to show its credentials against the FTC and Sony to try to close the deal and it turns out that the first conclusion of the FTC could fall shortly.
A decision that could be made by the FTC in January 2023
It is an article published yesterday on the Seeking Alpha site which tells us that the recommendation of the staff of the FTC on the sale of Activision Blizzard would arrive in mid-December. Following this, the FTC would make a final decision next January if we stick to a well-sourced Dealreporter article.
As a reminder, Microsoft would make sure to assure Sony that Activision games will be available on PlayStation machines for the next 10 years. This weekend, meetings organized by Microsoft were held to discuss these conditions with Sony.
Last Wednesday, we learned from Politico that the FTC could block the acquisition of Activision by Microsoft by filing an antitrust complaint. A communication could arrive on this subject as early as next month. If Microsoft gets the EU’s backing and puts forward enough tangible arguments, it could reshuffle the cards.
Until then, a closed meeting of the Agency’s Commission is reportedly scheduled for next Thursday, which could be related to Activision/Microsoft according to knowledgeable traders. The information comes from an article of the calendar of the FTC dating from this Tuesday at the end of the day.