The manufacturer of the Xbox wants to exploit Sony’s confidential information in an effort to tip the scales in its favor in the current lawsuit that centers on the acquisition of Activision Blizzard. The Americans are of the opinion that the revelation of a portion of the documentation will, in the end, make it possible for the deal to be completed and will demonstrate the industry’s real level of competitiveness.
An intriguing new development in the ongoing litigation is that Microsoft has served a subpoena on Sony Interactive Entertainment. This is an interesting twist on the case. The Japanese corporation is the first business in the world to publicly voice opposition to the proposed acquisition of Call of Duty, Diablo, or Overwatch’s developers. The information that was gathered would be helpful in constructing a defense against any additional actions or litigation that the Federal Trade Commission might bring (FTC).
The company is interested in receiving precise information regarding the production of games, which PlayStation is hesitant to release in the public space for obvious reasons. Because of the information received, a judge can decide not to grant the FTC’s request to halt the transaction:
This is something that was said in the material that we were able to see for ourselves: “Negotiations between Sony Interactive Entertainment and Microsoft over the extent of SIE’s production and disclosure timetable are under progress.”
The deadline for Sony to respond to the summons is on January 27. Possible responses include a restriction, waiver, or other answers.
It is reasonable for us to hypothesize that the request made by the massive corporation based in Redmond, Washington, will not only assist in disclosing a closely guarded secret regarding the procedure for the creation of PlayStation’s very own works, but the data may also include documentation regarding the acquisition of exclusive games and third-party add-ons by the Japanese manufacturer.