How to Analyse the Microsoft/Activision Merger

Fabian Ziermann’s article on Microsoft’s pending acquisition of Activision Blizzard was just published in the Journal of European Competition Law & Practice as part of the third Rubén Perea Award. In his article, Fabian addresses questions regarding the delineation of video game genre markets and potential harms to innovation in game genres, game ecosystems, and metaverse development. These issues may have been overlooked by the Competition & Markets Authority and the European Commission in their respective decisions to prohibit and approve the acquisition. Fabian argues that this neglect could result in a false positive, three times the acquisition value of Facebook/WhatsApp. The article can be accessed here.