Read Microsoft’s response to the FTC’s Activision Blizzard lawsuit

Microsoft has responded to a lawsuit filed by the US Federal Trade Commission to prevent the company from acquiring Activision Blizzard. In the 37-page document, which you can read in full below, Microsoft argues why the $68.7 billion acquisition should happen – while also advocating for Bethesda’s acquisition of owner ZeniMax, it admits it plans to make three games in the future. Xbox and PC exclusive company.

Microsoft’s filing goes against the FTC’s concerns in general, and also addresses the regulator’s specific arguments. It also includes much of the trademark self-denigration that Microsoft has become famous for in recent months, as it tries to portray itself as a relatively weak player in the gaming space compared to its competitors.

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In its FTC complaint, it argued that acquiring Activision Blizzard “will enable Microsoft to push its competitors to Xbox game consoles and its rapidly growing subscription content and cloud gaming business.” There is also a lot of concern about his future. Call of Duty, so much so that Xbox boss Phil Spencer has publicly promised that the series will be on PlayStation as long as PlayStations exist. In its response to the FTC, Microsoft mentions Activision’s commitment to expand, not limit, the availability of its flagship series by bringing it to the Nintendo Switch.

in a statement AngerBobby Kotick, CEO of Activision Blizzard, also defended the continuation of the deal and said:

There is no reasonable, legitimate reason to prevent our transaction from closing. Our industry has tremendous competition and very few barriers to entry. We’ve seen more devices than ever before that provide gamers with a wide variety of options for gaming. Engines and tools are available for free to developers large and small. The breadth of distribution options for games has never been more widespread. We believe we will prevail on the merits of the case.

And here’s a direct statement from Microsoft president Brad Smith:

Even with our self-confidence, we remain committed to creative solutions with regulatory bodies that will protect competition, consumers and employees in the tech industry. As we’ve learned from our past cases, the opportunity to find a deal that works for everyone’s benefit is never closed.

Here’s the rest of Microsoft’s argument for why there shouldn’t be antitrust concerns with its acquisition of Activision Blizzard:

Update at 10:05 PM ET: Added explanation from MS head Brad Smith.

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