Sony says ‘the Battlefield franchise cannot keep up’ with COD

Earlier this year, Microsoft announced its intention to acquire Activision Blizzard for $68.7 billion sometime in 2023. Since then the regulatory wheels have begun grinding, not least because an acquisition on this scale would be by some distance the largest in the industry’s history: and some of Activision Blizzard’s franchises, Call of Duty in particular, have attracted the most attention.

It’s not all bad news for Microsoft: Investigations don’t mean any action is necessarily going to be taken, and in some countries the deal’s already been waved through. But the EU is investigating, and has recently been paying very close attention to big tech mergers, while the UK Competition and Markets Authority has announced it’s opening an in-depth investigation Microsoft’s competitor Sony has now submitted its arguments against the merger.

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