The battle rages on as Microsoft continues to battle Sony and the Federal Trade Commission over the acquisition of Activision Blizzard.
The latest development in this story gives us some insight into the situation, with Microsoft directly fighting Sony over it.
The current event in the lawsuit comes from Microsoft serving a subpoena on Sony (via VGC), which seeks to expose the company’s inner workings, claiming it’s relevant to their case against the FTC.
This could be a blow for Sony, as not only could it reveal some of the company’s secrets, but it could also reveal everything the company is currently working on.
All of the Twitter PR between the brands seems to have been a front, as Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard, which includes the Call of Duty series, appears to be a thorn in Sony’s side.
Sony tried to ask the FTC to block Microsoft’s acquisition of Activison Blizzard, claiming the company would unfairly withhold content from rivals.
This attempt to investigate Sony seems vindictive, as Microsoft is fighting a long battle with the FTC over Sony’s fear of losing the Call of Duty series.
The FTC hasn’t been on Microsoft’s side from the start, skeptical of its true intent, but the company is still trying to pull through, doing its best to deal with the aftermath of the big acquisition.
Sony had until January 27, 2023 to decide its course of action in appealing the subpoena or complying with it. As of this writing, we haven’t heard of their response.
If this subpoena is accepted, it could mean a serious financial hit for Sony’s future announcements, we can only imagine the company’s regret for picking this fight if it comes to fruition.
We have covered the topic extensively in the past and will continue to do so as new developments emerge.