Microsoft has officially won the court case to buy out Activision Blizzard, but some are a little concerned about this decision.
Microsoft has emerged victorious from the FTC (Federal Trade Commission) v. Microsoft court case. The California Judge, Jacqueline Scott Corley, who was in charge of the case, officially denied the regulator's request for a preliminary injunction.
Not only this, but they even agreed to extend the game to the Nintendo Switch, which has increasingly grown within the gaming community. Having such a universal game like Call of Duty on its platform would be great for Nintendo.
Microsoft to acquire Activision Blizzard
Many people believe this was a big win for the gaming community, regardless of whether you are a Sony or Microsoft user (or Nintendo).
"Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision has been described as the largest in tech history. It deserves scrutiny," said Judge Corely, in his ruling which was submitted today. "That scrutiny has paid off: Microsoft has committed in writing, in public, and in court to keep Call of Duty on PlayStation for 10 years on parity with Xbox."
But not only will games like Call of Duty sit on the main two consoles, but it will also head to Nintendo Switch.
"It made an agreement with Nintendo to bring Call of Duty to Switch. And it entered several agreements to for the first time bring Activision’s content to several cloud gaming services."
This is a big change in the gaming community, especially because of Activision Blizzard's recent controversy within the scene.
Could Microsoft acquiring Activision Blizzard hurt the gaming community?
Obviously, some people are wary about the new merger. Does Microsoft acquiring Activision Blizzard create a possibility for certain games to be excluded from other consoles? Or does it hurt franchises that Activision owns?
Luckily, the Vice Chair and President of Microsoft, Brad Smith, assured people that things would run smoothly.
"We're grateful to the Court in San Francisco for this quick and thorough decision and hope other jurisdictions will continue working towards a timely resolution," said Brad Smith. "As we've demonstrated consistently throughout this process, we are committed to working creatively and collaboratively to address regulatory concerns."
So does Microsoft buying out Activision Blizzard concern you as a gamer? Or are you excited?
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