To be victorious in a videogame, the player must usually defeat the intimidating “final boss.” Microsoft’s purchase of the video game giant Activision has brought a real-life equivalent of a final battle with the Federal Trade Commission.
In the same way that a loss can end a video game, the FTC’s decision to stop a proposed Microsoft/Activision merger deal could have ended the transaction. The merger was approved by other competition regulators in the world after many hurdles and challenges. A California judge sided The FTC has a way to close the deal with the American consumer.
Consumers are the real winners in this defeat of the FTC.
The FTC claimed that the merger would have a negative impact on competition in video game industries. The FTC’s aggressive efforts to prevent the merger continued, even after Microsoft assured regulators that Activision’s popular video games would not be affected. Call of Duty Sony’s PlayStation is one of the consoles that would be able to continue playing its game.
The court ruled that the FTC failed to meet…