Activision Blizzard: Supreme Court dismisses players’ lawsuit to block takeover

Activision Blizzard: Supreme Court dismisses players’ lawsuit to block takeover

there supreme court he have unacceptable An emergency injunction filed by ten alleged gamers themselves to prevent Microsoft from buying Activision-Blizzard. Although it is unlikely that the plaintiffs were involved in the so-called player suit Succeed in the FTC’s bankruptcy bid too, there’s now one less hurdle for Microsoft to buy Activision-Blizzard.

The players had It was initially filed in the Federal Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit They sought an injunction to stop the acquisition, and after it was denied, they appealed to the Supreme Court. Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan denied the request without giving a reason.

The player’s lawsuit against the acquisition of Activision Blizzard

Phil Spencer, President of Xbox and lead supporter of the Activision Blizzard acquisition

in base player suit There is the fact that the plaintiffs, as consumers, would suffer “loss or harm” because of the merger, which they say “significantly reduces competition” in the gaming market.

The FTC also lost the case against Microsoft: a district judge refused to issue an injunction temporarily blocking the process. there Antitrust lawsuit issued by the Federal Trade Commission It will still move forward into August, though it’s more likely to fail now that Sony has agreed a deal that guarantees Call of Duty to PlayStation for the next 10 years.

Now, the main hurdle for Microsoft is the ban imposed by the British Capital Markets Authority. The two sides recently agreed to pause in the litigation to negotiate a possible divestiture, while Microsoft also has to negotiate a deadline extension with Activision Blizzard.

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