Another potential bump in the road for the $68.7 deal.

Games, Xbox Series X|S, News, Xbox Series X, Microsoft

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is reportedly “likely” to file an antitrust lawsuit to block the $68.7 billion deal that would see Microsoft acquiring Activision Blizzard.

As reported by Politico, this news comes by the way of “three people with knowledge of the matter,” and they stress this lawsuit is “not guaranteed.”

The FTC's four commissioners haven't taken the time to vote out a complaint or even meet with the lawyers from Microsoft and Activision, but the FTC staff reviewing the deal are “skeptical of the companies' arguments.”

As for where the deal stands, much of the “heavy lifting” has been completed, including depositions of Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and Activision CEO Bobby Kotick. This means a decision on a potential antitrust lawsuit could arrive as soon as December.

The main crux of the problem, according to the FTC, is some worry this deal will give “Microsoft an unfair boost in the video game market.”

Sony has, obviously, been one of the biggest opponents against the deal, and the question of where Call of Duty will appear has been one of the hottest topics. Despite Xbox head Phil Spencer stating Call of Duty will continue to ship on PlayStation “as long as there's a PlayStation to ship to,” there are still concerns with what other issues this deal may create.

Sony has previously said that Microsoft is a “Tech Titan buying up irreplaceable content at incontestable prices ($68.7 billion) to tip competition to itself.”

There are concerns beyond Call of Duty, however, as there is worry what future mega-hit titles will do to tip the scales if they are locked behind one platform.

Google is also said to be against the deal, claiming Microsoft has “purposely degraded the quality of its Game Pass subscription service when used with Google’s Chrome operating system.” If the deal were to go through, it believes it would “further [Microsoft's] incentive to do so.”

Microsoft has disputed many of these claims and acknowledges that, even after the deal closes, it would still be in third place.

“We’ll still trail Sony and Tencent in the market after the deal closes, and together Activision and Xbox will benefit gamers and developers and make the industry more competitive,” Microsoft spokesperson David Cuddy said.

Alongside the FTC, regulators in Europe and the UK have also launched in-depth probes, meaning the deal likely won't close until the Spring at the earliest. Microsoft and Activision have until July 2022 to close the deal or they will have to renegotiate the agreement.

Have a tip for us? Want to discuss a possible story? Please send an email to newstips@ign.com.

Adam Bankhurst is a news writer for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter @AdamBankhurst and on Twitch.

TECH NEWS RELATED

Xbox Boss Phil Spencer Explains Microsoft's Plans For Call Of Duty On Nintendo Platforms

How to change Storage Location of Offline Maps in Windows 11/10

This tutorial shows how to change the storage location of Offline Maps in Windows 11. The built-in Maps app in Windows 11 supports offline maps that are helpful to get directions, look for places, etc., without an internet connection. You can select a continent (Asia, Europe, North and Central America, ...

View more: How to change Storage Location of Offline Maps in Windows 11/10

How to print a Large Image or Poster on multiple pages on a PC

If you want to put a poster on the wall of your room, you need a large image. To print posters, large commercial automated machines are used. But, there is one more way by which you can make a poster by using a printer in your home. This technique involves ...

View more: How to print a Large Image or Poster on multiple pages on a PC

Microsoft’s Xbox Series S Holiday Edition is $309 at Amazon

Best Buy and Walmart have the console listed for $319.99.

View more: Microsoft’s Xbox Series S Holiday Edition is $309 at Amazon

Tecno MegaBook S1 brings 15.6″ 120Hz display and 12th Gen Core i7

Today was a big day for Tecno as the company presented its very first flagship phones – Tecno Phantom X2 and Phantom X2 Pro. These devices come with compelling specs such as Dimensity 9000, 120 Hz OLED displays, and capable cameras. The Pro has the first retractable portrait camera on ...

View more: Tecno MegaBook S1 brings 15.6″ 120Hz display and 12th Gen Core i7

Microsoft Flight Simulator Achieves 10 Million Players; Airbus A330 Gets New Screenshots & More

Today, Microsoft and third-party developers shared news about Microsoft Flight Simulator and its add-ons, including both aircraft and scenery. We start with news from Microsoft that announced that 10 million people took to the sky in MSFS across PC, Xbox Series X|S, and Xbox Cloud Gaming. More statistics are as ...

View more: Microsoft Flight Simulator Achieves 10 Million Players; Airbus A330 Gets New Screenshots & More

Microsoft Edge 108 is now available for Windows, macOS and Linux

Microsoft Edge for Windows Microsoft Edge 108 has been released for Windows 11, Windows 10, Windows 7, macOS and Linux with several improvements and tons of security fixes. One of the important security fixes in this release is related to a vulnerability “Type confusing in V8” which is being ...

View more: Microsoft Edge 108 is now available for Windows, macOS and Linux

How to Hide/Block WiFi Networks in Windows 10/11

If your computer is showing unknown open WiFi Networks with no parental controls or an inappropriate name, you can find below the steps to block WiFi Networks in Windows 10/11. Hide or Block WiFi Networks in Windows 10/11 If you click on the Network button in System Tray, you will ...

View more: How to Hide/Block WiFi Networks in Windows 10/11

Mars is hiding exciting mysteries beneath its surface 

Microsoft Teams launches Communities feature to take on Discord

Microsoft’s '10-Year Commitment' to Bring Call of Duty to Nintendo Consoles- IGN Daily Fix - IGN

How to Fix “The Requested URL Was Rejected. Please Consult With Your Administrator” Browser Error

Gabe Newell: Steam Isn't Interested in Agreements Like Xbox's Nintendo Call of Duty Deal

Hate the new giant search bar on Windows 11? Microsoft is working on a ‘fix’

Windows 11’s built-in Screen recorder feature is almost here

10 of the Best Alternatives to AutoCAD

Nintendo's 10 Year Call of Duty Deal Explained | GameSpot News

Whales Predict These 4 Presales Will Soar in Value, Should You Invest?

Over 10 million folks have earned their pilot wings in Microsoft Flight Simulator

Fix 0x80070483 Microsoft Store Error Code in Windows 11/10

OTHER TECH NEWS

Top Car News Car News