FTC claims that Microsoft layoffs contradict ‘representations it made’ during the fight to acquire Activision

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has filed a complaint against Microsoft to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit following the news of the company planning to lay off around 1,900 members of staff from across its Xbox, Activision Blizzard, and ZeniMax teams.

Highlighted by The Verge, the letter has alleged that the plan to lay off staff contradicts claims that Microsoft made in court when fighting to acquire Activision Blizzard. The FTC pointed to the memo sent to staff by Phil Spencer when the layoff plans were announced, and stated that his reference to identifying “areas of overlap” is “inconsistent” with the previous suggestions that the companies would “operate independently,” even after the acquisition.