Video gamers sue Microsoft’s Activision Blizzard purchase

A group of gamers are suing to prevent Microsoft from buying video game publisher Activision Blizzard, arguing that the $68.7 billion acquisition would stifle competition and limit consumer choice.

The lawsuit was filed late Tuesday in a US federal court in San Francisco on behalf of 10 individual gamers who are fans of Activision Blizzard’s Call of Duty franchise and other popular titles such as World of Warcraft, Overwatch and Diablo.

Microsoft faces a series of legal challenges as it attempts to complete the costliest merger of tech companies of all time. The Federal Trade Commission sued earlier this month to block the acquisition, saying it could stifle competitors in Microsoft’s Xbox gaming console and its growing gaming subscription business. Antitrust authorities in the UK and European Union are also investigating the deal.

Several of the plaintiffs in the private antitrust lawsuit allege that they play Activision Blizzard games on Sony’s PlayStation, Microsoft’s Xbox’s main competitor. Others said they played them on PCs, Xbox, or Nintendo’s Switch.

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