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Microsoft responds to re-filing of “gamer’s lawsuit” against Activision acquisition

Microsoft has responded to a re-filing of a lawsuit by a group of gamers bringing their legal challenge against the $68.7bn Activision Blizzard acquisition of the company.

A new 73-page missive by self-proclaimed gamers includes new details they say are taken from redacted documents given “directly to the board of directors” at Microsoft, as well as information supplied by Sony.

in a statement to reutersMicrosoft said this latest complaint was based on “unsupported and improbable claims about the deal’s effect on competition”. Microsoft said it would “bring more games to more people” through its proposed deal with Activision.

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group of 10 players teamed up to file a federal antitrust lawsuit against Microsoft Back in December last year. The purpose of the case was to argue that Microsoft’s acquisition of Call of Duty maker Activision would “limit competitors, limit production, reduce consumer choice, raise prices, and further stifle competition”.

the suit was dismissed by a judge last monthBecause it does not “significantly allege that the merger creates a reasonable likelihood of anti-competitive effects in any relevant market”.

However, the judge in the case allowed the lawsuit to be re-filed to include updated information – which the gamers believe they have now provided.

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