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Microsoft-Activision deal: An EU official’s post sparks a ‘console war’ on Twitter

Microsoft’s deal to acquire Activision Blizzard has been in the news for almost a year now. This deal recently came back into the spotlight after the European Union decided to launch a new investigation into the takeover. The Merger Control Commission of the EU recently shared a tweet announcing the in-depth investigation of the proposed acquisition of Activision Blizzard by Microsoft.

The latest fiasco began after the Deputy Head of the Inter-Institutional & Outreach Views Unit at the European Union, Richard Cardosoretweeted the original EU post with some personal comments.

What was the ‘console war’ on Twitter
In this tweet, Cardoso said that the Commission is trying to ensure that players are allowed to play Duty on other consoles from other brands (including its PlayStation). Cardoso also scoffed at the stock photo used by the EU. He pointed out that the image shows wired controllers while Xbox and Play station have had wireless gamepads since 2006.

Cardoso’s comments sparked a full-blown “tweet war” on Elon Musk’s microblogging site. Console fans of both brands started clashing with each other by voicing their opinions in the official post thread. Soon the thread was filled with comments from some users asking for PlayStation exclusives to be included on Xbox, while others struggled to get Call of Duty on. Sony consoles.
Judging by the ramifications of his tweet, Cardoso shared another post to clarify that his comments were in no way related to the review of the merger. He added that the Commission will make the decision based on the “facts and the law”. Cardoso even explained that these were personal comments and not from the Commission’s point of view.

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