Google and Nvidia say they are concerned about Microsoft acquisition

La FTC a été alertée par Google et Nvidia concernant des préoccupations liées à l'accord entre Microsoft et Activision Blizzard.

Sony is joined by Google and Nvidia to raise issues related to the acquisition of Activision Blizzard by US giant Microsoft that the Federal Trade Commission is seeking to defeat.

Googlethe world’s leading search engine, and Nvidiaa leader in computer graphics cards and processors, provided information that supports the key argument of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) that Microsoft could gain an unfair advantage in cloud gaming, subscription services and mobile games if the Activision Blizzard takeover is approved. If Nvidia stressed the need for equal and open access to games, the competitor of Advanced Micro Devices did not formally object to an outright acquisition.

Both Nvidia and Google are dominant forces in the entertainment industry. Nvidia dominates the market for popular gamer graphics cards and operates a streaming service called GeForce Now. Google competes with Microsoft in cloud computing services and launched a service called Stadia, which failed and was shut down. Google’s Android mobile operating system is also central to how millions of people play video games. Sony, whose PlayStation console competes with Microsoft’s Xbox, has previously argued that it views the acquisition of Activision Blizzard as anti-competitive.

The FTC wants to dissuade Microsoft from buying Activision Blizzard

Microsoft announced the acquisition of Activision Blizzard nearly a year ago, aiming to add hit games like Call of Duty and World of Warcraft to its Xbox Game Pass catalog. However, regulators are concerned that Microsoft is making it harder for rival platforms to access Activision’s most popular titles. In its defense, Microsoft said regulators are giving too much weight to concerns raised by Sony. Along with publicly downplaying the deal, Sony said in filings with Brazilian and UK regulators that the deal would harm competition and give Microsoft an insurmountable advantage in the nascent cloud gaming industry.

In its own filings, Microsoft said Sony’s concerns were “self-serving” and exaggerated the importance of Activision’s catalog. The software giant also tried to make concessions. He offered Sony a 10-year deal that would give PlayStation consoles access to Activision’s Call of Duty. A person familiar with those talks said the offer also included the right to put the game on Sony’s subscription services.