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The Morning After: Did Microsoft Activision Just Ignore Blizzard?

In a recent filing, Microsoft told the New Zealand Commerce Commission that Activision Blizzard does not produce “must-have” games. Strange to say when the company plans to spend $68.7 billion to buy the gaming giant behind Call of Duty, Overwatch, Diablo, World of Warcraft and much more.

In the document, Microsoft said, “There is nothing unique about Activision Blizzard’s developed and published video games that is a ‘must have’ for rival PC and console video game distributors giving rise to foreclosure.”

Trying to downplay the importance of Call of Duty is just one of the ways Microsoft has tried to please regulators. In February, the company promised that it would continue to make the franchise available on PlayStation consoles outside of existing agreements between Sony and Activision.

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