That’s according to a new report by Bloomberg, which cites a person familiar with the matter.
An antitrust lawsuit would mean that Microsoft would have to fight to push forward its acquisition of the Call of Duty maker in US courts.
According to Bloomberg’s source, in the event that the FTC does file a lawsuit, Microsoft is gearing up to contest that decision.
According to antitrust analyst Jennifer Rie, a court fight would be hard for the FTC to win, and Microsoft could win out- though a legal battle could push the deal beyond Microsoft’s expected completion date of June 30, 2023.
Activision Blizzard‘s CCO has also said the company “won’t hesitate to fight” to make sure Microsoft is successful in acquiring it.
It’s claimed that the Xbox maker is yet to have conversations with the FTC about potential concessions aimed at getting the deal approved, such as committing to releasing Call of Duty on other platforms for a certain amount of time.
Reuters sources recently indicated that Microsoft could offer another regulator, the European Commission, a guarantee that Call of Duty would release on PlayStation for at least ten years in order to get the deal approved.