Good things come to those who wait for. After almost 7 months of procedure, Microsoft could see the takeover of Activision Blizzard become official in a few weeks. The FTC (Federal Trade Commission, trade commission in the United States) could indeed validate the agreement to 69 billion dollars concluded for the acquisition of the studios of the group. The outcome could take place in August.
Light at the end of the tunnel for Microsoft?
It must be said that Microsoft has responded to all requests from the FTC since the examination of the file began. The Redmond firm having recently sent new documents to the American government agency, the procedure could thus be finalized in August on the United States side.
Our colleagues from the Seeking Alpha site indicate that Microsoft has responded to the latest requests from the FTC and that the latter now has one month to request additional information, otherwise it will have to automatically approve this takeover.
It is therefore possible that Microsoft could take a new step this summer if the FTC has no other information to request, and if it does not seek to stop the agreement by filing an injunction in federal court.
This would certainly be good news for all parties concerned since the initial agreement provides for Microsoft to welcome Activision Blizzard on June 30, 2023 at the latest. Brad Smith, president and vice-CEO of Microsoft, specified last May that the process was moving quickly.
Unless there is a last-minute change, and provided that the other authorities, notably European, also validate this agreement, Microsoft will therefore soon be able to count on historical licenses with high values in its catalog such as Call of Duty, World of Warcraft, Diablo, Overwatch or even Crash Bandicoot.