Microsoft Subpoenas Sony to Help Fight FTC Lawsuit: Xbox Activision Deal

Microsoft Subpoenas Sony to Help Fight FTC Lawsuit: Xbox Activision Deal ...

As a result of the Xbox company's failure to disclose the PlayStation Studios video game pipeline, Microsoft has subpoenaed Sony to help fight the FTC's lawsuit. You read that correctly: Microsoft wants Sony to disclose the PlayStation Studios video game pipeline so it may sue Sony for damages if it acquires Activision Blizzard.

The effect of the subpoena on the FTC's Microsoft Activision deal litigation

According to a report from the Game Developer (via N4G), Microsoft wants Sony to reveal the scope of PlayStation's game development so that it may refute claims that the acquisition would sabotage Sony's revenue and future console sales in the event that popular games like Call of Duty become Xbox exclusives.

According to legal documents, the subpoena was served on January 17th, with a response deadline of January 20th, but Sony has filed for an extension that now gives it until January 27th to either respond in some capacity or petition to quagmire the subpoena.

According to the FTC's website, negotiations between SIE and Microsoft about the scope of SIE's production and a discovery schedule are ongoing. "Through correspondence with Microsoft counsel, SIE understands that Microsoft agrees with the relief requested in this motion."

This is impossible to fabricate!