Gamer Group’s Antitrust Lawsuit To Block Microsoft-ABK Merger Has Been Dismissed

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Back in December, a group of gamers filed an antitrust lawsuit against Microsoft to block it’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard, alleging that the merger violated the Clayton Antitrust Act of 1914. The said lawsuit has summarily been dismissed by US District Judge Jacqueline Corley due to insufficient details on exactly how the merger will stifle competition. “Plaintiffs’ general allegation that [...]

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Sony’s CMA Complaint Outlines Ways That Microsoft Could Screw Them Over

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It’s no secret that Sony has been completely against Microsoft’s acquisitions of Activision Blizzard since the merger was first announced last year, and with good reason. The $69 billion deal between the two video game industry giants has sparked concerns over possibly antitrust violations and monopoly and is also being contested by several regulatory bodies including the U.S. Federal Trade [...]

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Microsoft Teams Up With NVIDIA To Bring Activision Blizzard Games To GeForce NOW

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Microsoft is really working to assure everyone that they won’t be hogging Call of Duty and other Activision Blizzard titles, at least for the next decade anyway. After signing a 10-year licensing deal with Nintendo, the company has also partnered with NVIDIA to bring the popular shooter franchise to the latter’s cloud gaming service, GeForce NOW. “Microsoft and NVIDIA announced [...]

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Sources Say Bobby Kotick Will Remain As Activision Blizzard CEO If Microsoft Merger Fails

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With everything that Activision Blizzard has gone through over the past two years, it’s a wonder that Bobby Kotick has still managed to hold on to his position as the company’s CEO, even amidst accusations of attempted murder. Microsoft’s impending and highly controversial acquisition of the company, however, might just be what knocks him off his lofty and apparently untouchable [...]

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UK’s CMA Confirms Microsoft-ABK Merger Will Be Harmful To Competition And Gamers

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The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has been looking over Microsoft’s shoulder over antitrust concerns since the tech giant announced its plans to acquire Activision Blizzard. It’s investigation into the matter has now come to an end with the unsurprising conclusion that the merger will be detrimental to competition and subsequently to UK gamers. “The CMA provisionally found that [...]

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Proletariat Caves In To Activision Blizzard’s Anti-Union Tactics And Scraps Union Vote

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Not all unionizing efforts are destined for a happy ending, especially when a big bad bully is doing everything it can to stop it. Over the past few months, Activision Blizzard has been actively trying to derail the formation of worker unions in several of its studios, including Raven Software, Blizzard, Albany, and Proletariat. Unfortunately, the company has succeeded in [...]

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The FTC’s Antitrust Lawsuit Against Microsoft Moves Forward With Pre-Trial Hearings

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The Federal Trade Commission’s antitrust lawsuit against Microsoft has taken its first steps forward with yesterday’s first pre-trial hearing. As we previously reported, the FTC is looking to block the multi-billion dollar merger between Microsoft and Activision Blizzard on grounds that it will stifle competition and will give the former the means to pull popular games from other video game [...]

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Proletariat Joins Other Activision Blizzard Studios In Their Unionizing Efforts

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Another ABK-owned studio is currently in the process of forming a union, and this time it’s the whole studio and not just the QA department. Proletariat joins the QA workers of Raven Software and Blizzard Albany in unionizing under the Communication Workers Alliance banner. The studio is best known for its fantasy battle royale game Spellbreak and was acquired by [...]

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