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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
Australia’s competition regulator is about to see its most significant leadership shakeup in more than a decade.
James Panichi Senior Editor, Asia Pacific
James, an Australian journalist with over 25 years’ experience in print and electronic media, helps to oversee MLex’s coverage of regulatory risk in Asia, with special attention to Australia and New Zealand. In 2016, James was appointed as MLex’s managing editor for continental Europe, overseeing the Brussels bureau’s coverage of EU regulatory affairs and managing a team of 16 journalists in Brussels and Geneva. Previously James worked for the European Voice newspaper, before joining the... Read more
Laurel Henning Senior Correspondent
Laurel is a senior correspondent specializing in competition law, data privacy and security, in Australia and New Zealand. Laurel reports from Sydney on criminal-cartel legislation and white-collar crime, as well as competition and consumer lawsuits involving companies including Google, Meta Platforms and Apple. While at MLex Laurel has also reported boardroom disputes and shareholder campaigns agitating for changes to company strategy. Laurel joined MLex in 2013 and reported for five years on European energy and... Read more