It also claimed that Xbox maker Microsoft is likely to offer concessions to EU regulators soon in a bid to help push through the transaction.
Microsoft’s sweeteners would consist mainly of a 10-year Call of Duty licensing deal to PlayStation maker Sony, it said.
“Ultimately, such a move could secure an early clearance with the European Commission and subsequently be used by the parties before other antitrust agencies,” according to Stephane Dionnet, a partner at law firm McDermott Will & Emery.
“However, it remains to be seen whether the active complainants will validate such concessions (in particular in terms of scope) and if behavioural remedies will also be accepted by the CMA and the FTC,” he added, referring to the UK and US competition watchdogs.
In statements recently provided to the CMA, Sony claimed that if Microsoft gained control of Activision’s “irreplaceable” content it could lead to the company increasing Xbox hardware, software and subscription prices.
Sony also claimed that Microsoft’s “true strategy” behind the Activision Blizzard deal is to have PlayStation “become like Nintendo” and not compete in the 18-rated shooter space.