Supreme Court rejects gamers’ attempt to block Microsoft’s Activision acquisition

Supreme Court rejects gamers' attempt to block Microsoft's Activision acquisition

Supreme Court Rejects Gamers’ Attempt to Stop Microsoft-Activision Deal

Ten passionate gamers recently made headlines when they boldly filed for an emergency injunction in a bid to halt Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision-Blizzard. While their efforts were commendable, it doesn’t take a gaming genius to figure out that their chances of success were slim. Unsurprisingly, their plea was ultimately denied by not only the Ninth Circuit of Appeals but also the Supreme Court. Looks like Microsoft’s path to acquiring Activision-Blizzard just got a whole lot smoother!

The self-proclaimed gamers initially sought an injunction from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, which was swiftly rejected. Unwilling to accept defeat, they decided to take their case to the highest court in the land. However, Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan, in a decision shrouded in mystery, dismissed their motion without providing any explanation. Oh well, better luck next time, gamers!

The Gamers Suit, as they called it, was based on the assertion that the merger between Microsoft and Activision-Blizzard would be detrimental to consumers like themselves. They argued that it would result in a substantial reduction of competition in the gaming market, ultimately causing them “threatened loss or damage.” While their concern for the gaming ecosystem is admirable, it seems the courts weren’t convinced.

Even the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) faced a similar fate when it attempted to challenge the Microsoft-Activision deal. Despite their efforts, a district judge denied their request for an injunction to temporarily pause the acquisition. However, all is not lost for the FTC, as they still have their antitrust lawsuit scheduled for August. Although, with Sony recently securing a deal that guarantees Call of Duty on PlayStation for the next decade, the chances of the, FTC’s case succeeding seem slim.

As Microsoft celebrates their victories in the legal realm, they still face one final challenge: overcoming the block imposed by the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA). Fortunately, both parties have agreed to a temporary halt in litigation, giving them an opportunity to negotiate a potential divestment. Additionally, Microsoft is also working to negotiate a deadline extension with Activision-Blizzard. It seems the gaming world eagerly awaits the outcome of these negotiations, wondering what lies ahead for the future of this gaming powerhouse.

Supreme Court Denies Gamers’ Motion

Sources: – Variety articleTweet by Stephen Totilo