Microsoft has filed Sony Interactive Entertainment with a subpoena as it looks to build its defense against a Federal Trade Commission (FTC) lawsuit.
According to the court filing, the Xbox manufacturer wants Sony to disclose information it believes is relevant to its case, which could include confidential details that Sony would be reluctant to share with its competitor if possible.
“Negotiations between SIE and Microsoft regarding SIE’s production scope and discovery schedule are ongoing,” the file reads, referring to the unspecified documents it requested.
After a one-week extension, Sony has until January 27 to take action to limit, cancel, or respond to the subpoena.
In December, the FTC announced plans to sue Microsoft in an effort to halt its $69 billion acquisition of Activision Blizzard, which the regulator argues would enable the company to “suppress competitors” to its Xbox console, subscription content, and cloud gaming business.--
Among other concerns, the FTC and Sony have expressed concerns that the deal could significantly reduce PlayStation’s ability to compete, given that it would see Microsoft take ownership of the Call of Duty series, which Sony has described as “irreplaceable”.-
In their responses to the FTC complaint, Microsoft and Activision argued that their merger would be competitive and benefit consumers by making the Call of Duty publisher’s games more widely available.
In an effort to address regulatory concerns, Microsoft recently said it had offered Sony a legally enforceable 10-year contract to make every new Call of Duty game available on PlayStation the same day it is available on Xbox.
The Federal Trade Commission said earlier this month that there were no “substantial” settlement talks with Microsoft over the proposed acquisition. If it goes to trial, the case will be decided during hearings scheduled for August 2023.