A potential bankruptcy at the Federal Trade Commission could give way to Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) to have a $69 billion purchase of Activision (NASDAQ: ATVI) approved by the security agency.
At least one Democrat on the four-member Commission is said to be leaning in favor of the trade, according to a A New York Post report, who cited a source close to the matter. If Democrats and Republicans vote in favor of the deal and two other Democrats, including Chairwoman Lina Khan, vote against the deal, it could be approved.
Khan probably won’t like that, so he’ll accept the decision by Microsoft (MSFT), the NY Post reported, citing an interview with former FTC President William Kovacic.
The NY Post report comes after Politico reported earlier this month that the FTC may file a lawsuit to block the ad.
Bloomberg reported Friday that Microsoft ( MSFT ) plans to defend itself in court if the FTC files a lawsuit to block the giant deal. The Xbox maker informed regulators about negotiations with Sony ( SONY ) that would allow its popular game “Call of Duty” to be available on Sony’s PlayStation for ten years, although it did not provide support because the review is not there. stage.
Several media outlets, including Dealreporter, said FTC staff are expected to make a decision on ATVI/MSFT in mid-December, and the full Commission will make a decision next month.