Activision Blizzard’s private player lawsuit dismissed

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A lawsuit brought by private players against the merger of Activision Blizzard and Microsoft has now been dismissed.

A class action lawsuit was filed by a group of private players in the United States in a California court last year. Its aim was to stop the planned acquisition of Activision Blizzard and Microsoft.

Among other things, the lawsuit stated that the acquisition violated the Clayton Antitrust Act and that the merger would restrict competition in the gaming sector.

The plaintiffs feared further damage, for example through higher prices, less innovation or a smaller selection.

According to a report by MLex (via ResetEra), the lawsuit has now been dismissed and will need to be reformulated.

For the responsible Judge Jacqueline Scott Corley there was a lack of evidence, numbers and precise arguments as to what damage would result. It was also not possible to adequately define the relevant markets.

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