Final month, a gaggle of personal players filed a lawsuit in opposition to Microsoft to dam its acquisition of Activision Blizzard beneath Part 7 of the Clayton Antitrust Act of 1914. That is across the similar time that the U.S. Federal Commerce Fee filed their very own antitrust lawsuit in opposition to Microsoft.
Microsoft, nonetheless, has requested that the choose delay the gamer group’s lawsuit in order that they will deal with the larger of the 2 lawsuits. Sadly for Microsoft, the choose dsimissed the request and scheduled a preliminary injunction on Thursday, March 23rd.
As for the merger, Microsoft now has solely six months to finalize the deal earlier than it expires and will probably be required to draft a brand new one. However with a number of authorities companies and even non-public people respiratory down its neck, it’s going to be powerful going for each Microsoft and Activision Blizzard.