In an FTC lawsuit, Microsoft wants Sony to reveal confidential business information

As part of the ongoing FTC investigation into Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard, Microsoft has served Sony with a subpoena demanding confidential business information.

It means Sony may be forced to reveal sensitive information about its future plans, which it would prefer to keep private.

The subpoena was issued on 17th January with a response date of 20th January, though this has been extended until 27th January for Sony to “move to limit or quash or otherwise respond to the subpoena”.

“Negotiations between SIE and Microsoft regarding the scope of SIE’s production and a discovery schedule are currently ongoing,” according to the official filing, as reported by VGC.

By the end of the week, we’ll know how Sony responds.

The subpoena is part of the Federal Trade Commission’s lawsuit to block Microsoft’s $69 billion USD acquisition of Activision Blizzard, which the government claims will suppress competition.

“We continue to believe that this transaction will increase competition and provide more opportunities for gamers and game developers,” said Microsoft’s vice chair and president, Brad Smith, in a statement. “We have been committed to addressing competition concerns since Day One, including by offering proposed concessions to the FTC earlier this week.”

Microsoft claimed in its response to the FTC that the lawsuit was unconstitutional because it violated the Fifth Amendment. It later admitted that this was an error.

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