Microsoft has served Sony Interactive Entertainment with a subpoena to build its defense against a Federal Trade Commission (FTC) lawsuit.
According to the court’s claim, the Xbox producer wants Sony to disclose details of the PlayStation’s game product line.
Information that Microsoft believes is relevant to its case may include confidential details that Sony is reluctant to share with its competitor if possible.
“Negotiations are ongoing between SIE and Microsoft regarding SIE’s product scope and innovation schedule,” the submission states.
After a one-week extension, Sony has until January 27 to restrict, cancel, or respond to the subpoena.-
In December, the Federal Trade Commission announced plans to sue Microsoft in an effort to stop Activision’s $69 billion acquisition of Blizzard, which the regulator argues would help the company “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. Microsoft could be seen acquiring the rights to a Call of Duty series that Sony has described as “irrepressible”.
In their response to the FTC’s complaint, Microsoft and Activision argued 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 has awarded Sony a legally enforceable 10-year contract to make every new Call of Duty game available on PlayStation the same day it comes out on Xbox.
The Federal Trade Commission said there earlier this month there were no “substantial” settlement talks with Microsoft based on the proposed acquisition. If it goes to trial, the case will be decided at trial in August 2023.