On Monday, the US Department of Justice said it had filed a complaint against her Activision Blizzardwhich is considered as one of the major companies in video gameto enforce rules that limited players’ competition in professional leagues.
The company was also blamed wage abolition An e-sports player.
“Today’s lawsuit demonstrates that the Antitrust Division remains committed to protecting workers in all types of industries from anticompetitive behavior.Deputy US Attorney Jonathan Kanter of the Antitrust Division said.
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The complaint filed in the District Court of Columbia, where Washington is located, claims that In two e-sports leagues A property of Activision, the so-called Competitive credit tax.
sought that tax Penalizing teams from the Overwatch and Call of Duty leaguesrespectively, If their player compensation exceeds the limit set by Activision.
The Antitrust Division has also submitted an approval proposal to address competition concerns.
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If the court ratifies it, this decree The company will be prohibited from imposing any standard that, directly or indirectly, Limit player compensation In any of Activision’s professional esports leagues, tax, fine or penalize any team if its players’ salaries exceed a certain amount.
This proposal would require Activision to certify that it has terminatedCompetitive tax creditsIn their professional associations, implement revised antitrust compliance policies and whistleblower protections, and Notify and explain final judgment to teams and players in your leagues.