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Concerns over Microsoft’s Activision Blizzard acquisition; and Australia’s BlueScope cartel lawsuit
28 January 2022 00:00
Microsoft’s play for Activision Blizzard — the company behind games such as Call of Duty and World of Warcraft — could prompt some regulatory soul-searching in the United States. The merging companies say the $68.7 billion deal will make more games available and lower consumer costs. But the merger is a vertical one and it may tap into the Federal Trade Commission’s growing concerns over Big Tech snapping up companies in new, innovative markets. Also on today’s podcast, Australia’s action-packed BlueScope Steel cartel trial. Court hearings have involved heated clashes over the use of language and an itemized bill pointing to the alcohol consumption of key witnesses.
Microsoft, Activision Blizzard likely to argue procompetitive benefits surpass concerns about video game mergerMicrosoft and Activision Blizzard are likely to tell regulators that their merger will expand access to more users
Australian judge now weighing up the evidence from BlueScope Steel price-fixing lawsuit
24 January 2022 05:25 by Laurel HenningAustralia’s competition regulator is about to see its most significant leadership shakeup in more than a decade.