Microsoft announced Activision Blizzard’s acquisition earlier this year, becoming a point of discussion than anyone expected it to be.
The second major video game developer and publisher acquisition by the company, coming right behind the Zenimax purchase, many raised some valid points.
Some said that these plans lean towards anti-trust problems. Others pointed out that this acquisition will probably make few of the titles exclusive to one particular platform.
The situation became so heated that Sony’s Jim Ryan publicly disclosed the Call of Duty deal offered to them by Xbox. With rumours of the FTC intervening to prevent the acquisition from going forward, and EU regulators still apprehensive about the acquisition, it seems Microsoft plans to offer a deal which will likely make everyone contempt.
According to Reuters sources, the tech-giant plans to offer deals which act as sweeteners and concessions. These consist of a ten-year licensing deal with Sony, the PlayStation maker. Even the EU regulators would get concessions offered in a bid to make the acquisition a reality.
Earlier last week, insiders from FTC claimed that the organisation might try to stop the deal from becoming a reality. Furthermore, EU regulators believe that the acquisition might hinder competitiveness between the console owners.
What the outcome of this becomes is one only we can know next year.