Microsoft decided to act even if there were no agreements with the FTC, even if the European Commission and the UK Competition and Markets Authority approve the acquisition of Activision Blizzard.
In the MLEX report on the preliminary hearings between Microsoft and the Federal Trade Commission, organized to get an agreement and drop the lawsuit, it seems that Redmond-based company is committed to taking the acquire of Activision Blizzard if it obtains positive opinion from the European Commission and the UK CMA. and markets.
It looks like Microsoft will give the same concession as other antitrust authorities, and it’s willing to allow the federal court to act in the event of further objections, if the two international approvals are not very likely.
After learning what we learned, the FTC will be ready to negotiate, the fact that it is open to the need for action and negotiation.
Microsoft is really confident in its abilities and still believes that it can close the transaction on time, so much so that it agreed to the FTC to expedite the receipt and verification of documents.
As already mentioned, the competition authority is the answer to a question in the UK and Europe. If the FTC makes a request again, it’ll still go through and the dispute will be dealt with in court.
We have to wait for the CMA verdict, which will arrive by the end of January, and then the European Commission verdict, which should be followed soon.