According to a lawyer, Sony lost control of the Microsoft merger with Activision Blizzard

According to a lawyer, Sony lost control of the Microsoft merger with Activision Blizzard ...

Sony has filed complaints against Microsoft's acquisition of Activision Blizzard in several regulatory agencies around the world. Despite the PlayStation owner's efforts to halt the consolidation, Microsoft is confident that the transaction will be successful.

Florian Müller, a retired patent lawyer and competition analyst, agrees with Sony's squandering of many opportunities to come up with "constructive solutions" in favor of the furious opposition that has now caused it to lose control of the deal's narrative. "Regulators don't like it," he says.

Mueller cites recent reports that a Sony executive cast a shadow over the Call of Duty transaction on the day of the hearing on the Microsoft merger in the EU on February 21. "That was the perfect opportunity," says the narrator.

According to a Wedbush analyst report released in early February, Microsoft is expected to complete its acquisition of Activision Blizzard this year, likely by mid-2023. Given that the Japanese entertainment giant's cross-jurisdictional complaints brought early PR victories, it's possible that Sony was "emboldened" by this apparent influence to the point of "overestimating its capabilities."

Mueller admits that it's difficult to get enough attention for antitrust scrutiny, but calls it a "cakewalk" compared to persuading regulators to deny calls that are "usually allowed" in conjunction with "effective remedies." Sony has stated numerous times that it would rather block the acquisition of Activision Blizzard than sign another similar arrangement in the vein of what Nintendo has done.

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