Microsoft may have one major hurdle left before the Activision Blizzard merger can happen, and it would be coming from the FTC. Politico is reporting that the Federal Trade Commission may file a lawsuit against the company to prevent the merger from happening, which they've cited comes from three different sources close to the matter. The reason for the suit would be as part of an investigation as to whether or not the actual merger would be legal, with some advocates arguing against it, including rival Sony. Here are a couple of snippets from the story.
"A lawsuit would be the FTC's biggest move yet under Chair Lina Khan to rein in the power of the world's largest technology companies. It would also be a major black mark for Microsoft, which has positioned itself as a white knight of sorts on antitrust issues in the tech sector after going through its own grueling regulatory antitrust battles around the world more than two decades ago. A lawsuit challenging the deal is not guaranteed, and the FTC's four commissioners have yet to vote out a complaint or meet with lawyers for the companies, two of the people said. However, the FTC staff reviewing the deal are skeptical of the companies' arguments, those people said."
We'll see if the FTC decides to follow through on it, as this is all from second-hand sources who went under amenity. There's always a chance they could simply wash their hands of it after the investigation and let it happen as it would cost millions of taxpayer money to take one of the biggest tech and gaming companies on the planet to court in what would most likely be a lengthy process, with no guarantee that a judge would side either way. We'll keep an eye on things and see how it plays out, but they have until mid-2023 to file suit before the merger becomes final.