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Microsoft sues Sony over FTC purchase of Activision Blizzard.

Published: 2023-01-24

Microsoft has filed a petition with Sony Interactive Entertainment to appear in court in preparation for a meeting with the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) this summer. This is due to Xbox's defense tactic in the Activision Blizzard acquisition case.

Microsoft sent a message to Sony Interactive Entertainment on January 17, with a deadline for a response on Friday, January 20. Sony asked to extend the deadline by a week, until January 27th.

It is not known exactly what Microsoft wants from Sony Interactive Entertainment, but the documents mention negotiations between them on the topic of what the PlayStation platform owner will be able to reveal in court in the summer. Apparently, we are talking about the game line, production volumes and the position of the company in the world. Sony Interactive Entertainment and Microsoft are competitors in the console market, and the former has repeatedly objected to the acquisition of Activision Blizzard, so it is unlikely that being in court will play into her hands.

In December 2022, the Federal Trade Commission sued Microsoft to block the acquisition of Activision Blizzard. Currently, Microsoft is in the process of gathering facts to defend in court. For this, the corporation has time until April 7, but only on August 2 will the hearing of the case with the Federal Trade Commission take place.