Last December, a group of 10 gamers sued Microsoft to block a takeover of Activision Blizzard. Dissatisfied players from California, New Jersey and New Mexico justified their decision by saying the deal allegedly reduces competition in the industry and threatens to hurt viewers. The decision on this claim has now become known.
California Judge Jacqueline Corley granted Microsoft’s motion to dismiss the lawsuit, telling players “incredibly claimed”that said fusion “creates a reasonable probability of anti-competitive effects in each relevant market”.
The gamer group has 20 days to amend its claim and add additional evidence showing these non-competitive consequences of the deal could harm them personally.
An attorney for a group of outraged gamblers, Joseph Alioto, told Ars Technica that his clients had enough evidence to convince a judge in the case. He also confirmed that the players intend to file an amended lawsuit as soon as possible. A Microsoft representative, speaking to Ars Technica journalists, cited the claims made by a group of gamers “immature” And “unenforceable”.
The deal between Microsoft and Activision Blizzard is worth a record $68.7 billion. The main reason for Sony’s dissatisfaction is uncertainty about the future of the Call of Duty shooter series on PlayStation consoles. The Japanese company suggests that Microsoft may be sabotaging Call of Duty releases on the PlayStation by giving them fewer resources and releasing less polished versions of the games on the PS5.