Antitrust Probes Target AI Giants Microsoft, Nvidia, OpenAI: Report

Zinger Key Points
  • DOJ and FTC finalize deal to investigate AI giants.
  • Nvidia, Microsoft, and OpenAI face potential antitrust probes.

The U.S. Justice Department and the Federal Trade Commission have reportedly finalized an agreement to pave the way for potential antitrust investigations into the dominance of Microsoft Corp MSFT, OpenAI, and Nvidia Corp NVDA in the artificial intelligence sector.

The agreement highlights increased regulatory attention on AI industry concentration, according to a report from Reuters.

Microsoft and Nvidia, both industry leaders, have seen massive growth in market capitalization, with Nvidia’s value recently exceeding $3 trillion.

U.S. antitrust authorities have raised issues ranging from data access advantages of Big Tech to potential avoidance of merger reviews through corporate partnerships.

The recent division of responsibilities echoes a similar 2019 arrangement between the DOJ and FTC concerning Big Tech oversight, which led to ongoing cases against companies like Meta Platforms Inc META, Amazon.Com Inc AMZN, Apple Inc AAPL, and Alphabet Inc’s GOOGL Google.

Also Read: Microsoft To Fund Startup That Enhances AI Deployment

Despite their involvement, these companies have denied any misconduct. Under the new agreement, the Justice Department will investigate Nvidia’s compliance with antitrust laws, while the FTC will look into the activities of OpenAI and Microsoft.

The deal was formalized over the past week and is expected to be completed soon.

Nvidia holds an estimated 80% of the AI chip market, benefiting from high gross margins due to its custom AI processors.

Earlier this year, the FTC demanded that major tech companies, including OpenAI, Microsoft, Alphabet, Amazon, and Anthropic, disclose details about their AI investments and partnerships.

The FTC is also investigating Microsoft’s $650 million deal with Inflection AI, suspecting it might be an attempt to bypass merger disclosure requirements.

Price Action: MSFT shares are trading lower by 0.07% at $424.28 in premarket at the last check Friday.

Disclaimer: This content was partially produced with the help of AI tools and was reviewed and published by Benzinga editors.

Read Next: Nvidia To Remain As A Benchmark For Computing Industry And Spur Demand, Say Analysts

Photo courtesy: Shutterstock

Market News and Data brought to you by Benzinga APIs
Posted In: EquitiesNewsTechMediaGeneralAI GeneratedBriefsStories That Matter
Benzinga simplifies the market for smarter investing

Trade confidently with insights and alerts from analyst ratings, free reports and breaking news that affects the stocks you care about.

Join Now: Free!