US antitrust regulators seek more data from Activision, Microsoft on planned deal


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(Reuters) – The US Federal Trade Commission has requested additional information from Activision Blizzard Inc (NASDAQ:) and Microsoft Corp (NASDAQ:) in connection with the antitrust review of their deal, the games developer said in a regulatory filing Monday.

Microsoft agreed in January to acquire the maker of “Call of Duty” for $68.7 billion in the largest game industry deal in history.

Microsoft will seek approval of the deal in 17 jurisdictions, company president Brad Smith told reporters last month.

To win over US and other regulators, the company said in February it had developed a new set of principles for its app store, including open access for developers that meet privacy and security standards.

The Activision deal pits Microsoft against market leaders Tencent Holdings (OTC:) Ltd and Sony (NYSE:) Group Corp. Sony Interactive Entertainment recently said it would buy Bungie Inc, maker of the “Halo” video game, in a $3.6 billion deal.

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