Microsoft is suing Sony over FTCs acquisition of Activision Blizzard

Microsoft is suing Sony over FTC’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard

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 defensive tactics in the case of its acquisition of Activision Blizzard.

    Image source: Microsoft

Image source: Microsoft

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

It’s not known exactly what Microsoft wants from Sony Interactive Entertainment, but the documents mention negotiations between them on what the PlayStation platform owner may reveal in court this summer. Apparently, we are talking about the line of play, the volume of production and the company’s position in the world. Sony Interactive Entertainment and Microsoft are competitors in the console market, and the former has repeatedly objected to acquiring Activision Blizzard, making it unlikely a lawsuit will play into its hands.

In December 2022, the Federal Trade Commission sued Microsoft to block its acquisition of Activision Blizzard. Microsoft is currently gathering facts to defend in court. The company has until April 7 to do this, but the hearing of the case before the Federal Trade Commission will not take place until August 2.

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