February 1, 2023

Ten self-proclaimed gamers have filed a lawsuit in U.S. federal court to block Microsoft’s purchase of Activision Blizzard. The lawsuit, citing the Clayton Antitrust Act, alleges that the 10 plaintiffs will suffer “imminent loss or damage” from the deal. The complaint goes on to say that the new company will “significantly reduce competition” and “could tend to create a monopoly in several markets.”

While it’s unclear how this lawsuit could proceed, it represents yet another roadblock in the Microsoft-Activision Blizzard saga. The deal, which would become one of the biggest in video game history, has been fraught with controversy from the start, with Microsoft offering Sony a 10-year license deal to keep the highly lucrative Call of Duty franchise on PlayStation platforms.