Microsoft has apparently requested that Sony disclose its own development plans to the PS5 manufacturer. Accordingly, the Xbox producer wants Sony to disclose information about the PlayStation game's production pipeline.
Microsoft has served a subpoena on Sony Interactive Entertainment in response to a FTC complaint. According to the court filing, the Xbox manufacturer wants Sony to reveal details about the PlayStation games manufacturing chain.
During this process, Microsoft may receive confidential information that Sony would not normally disclose, but which Microsoft believes is pertinent to the situation.
According to the complaint, negotiations between SIE and Microsoft are continuing regarding the scope of production of SIE and the timeline for disclosure of information.
A little more time is permitted.
The subpoena was originally issued on January 17, 2023, and Microsoft requested a response by January 20, 2023. However, Sony has agreed to an extension.
The differences between Microsoft and Sony over the Activision Blizzard deal started out mainly around the question whether the "Call of Duty" franchise is really as important as Sony has highlighted. Microsoft, on the other hand, tries to minimize the amount of traction that the shooter series has earned.
If Microsoft succeeds in maintaining a robust PlayStation game pipeline, especially first-person shooters and live-service games, it might jeopardize Sony's arguments.
Microsoft and Activision later claimed that the combination between the two companies would benefit consumers because there would be greater opportunities to obtain games from the Call of Duty publisher, which would stimulate competition.
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) proposed a lawsuit against Microsoft in December. The goal is to stop the $69 billion takeover of Activision Blizzard, which it believes would give the company the competitive advantage over the Xbox console, subscription content, and cloud gaming businesses.
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At least the investors seem to be dissatisfied with the prospect of a breakthrough. Activision Blizzard's stock price fell from more than 80 euros per share at times last year to less than 70 euros. Microsoft's offer, on the other hand, is 95 dollars, which corresponds to around 87 euros at the current rate.
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