Opened in December 2022, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) lawsuit against Microsoft’s purchase of Activision Blizzard may end up compromising the secrets of some of its competitors. Court case records show that the Xbox owner sent Sony a subpoena in which requires you to publicly share your list of upcoming games.
The document would have been registered in the process on January 17, requiring a response by the 20th of the same month. In response, Sony submitted an extension request that was granted, giving it until next Friday (27) to provide the requested data. —or, more likely, offer counterarguments that this is not possible.
Microsoft’s request is justified by the degree of involvement that the owner of PlayStation ended up having in the processes related to the purchase of Activision Blizzard. The Japanese company is one of the biggest opponents of the acquisition, having stated on several occasions that it would lessen competition in the gaming market and harm its future prospects.
Subpoena wants to strengthen Microsoft’s position
In case Microsoft’s request is granted and Sony’s list of future releases is revealed, this can help you strengthen your case against the FTC. If it shows that the competitor has a strong roster of upcoming games, including some standout FPS, then this can be used as an argument that the PlayStation brand can survive wellalthough it stops receiving games from series like Call of Duty.
However, given the degree of importance that this information has for the future strategy of the Japanese company, should not be easily revealed. The expectation is that more orders with similar characteristics will be registered in the coming weeks, since Xbox owner tries to convince regulators that the merger with Activision Blizzard must be approved.
Microsoft claims that, in practice, the business should benefit the competitiveness of the gaming market, at the same time that he was willing to make concessions for it to be approved. Among them is the Commitment to continue bringing Call of Duty to Sony and Nintendo platforms for a minimum period of 10 years.
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