Court Rules FTC Cannot Block Microsoft and Activision Blizzard Merger

  • A U.S. federal judge approved Microsoft’s proposed $68.7 billion acquisition of gaming firm Activision Blizzard, rejecting FTC’s antitrust concerns.
  • Despite legal challenges in the U.K., Microsoft has agreed to pause litigation with the Competition and Markets Authority.
  • The ruling has the potential to alter the labor market of the gaming and technology industry, providing a path for collective bargaining for almost 10,000 workers.
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