In conjunction with the Activision Blizzard tours.
There is silence surrounding Microsoft’s desired acquisition of Activision Blizzard for $69 billion. The US competition authority, the FTC, wants to stop the deal, but the last bid was that Microsoft and the FTC not negotiate with “substance”. However, Microsoft believes that competition is not harmed.
As part of fighting for its cause, Microsoft served Sony with a lawsuit on January 17 (via VGC), where it is requested that Sony reveal its upcoming titles for the Playstation 5. It is believed that this is relevant for Microsoft to be able to build its case against the FTC. Sony’s reply has not yet arrived.
Sony probably isn’t too keen on the idea of playing out its parade of upcoming titles like this. At the moment, few Playstation Studios games are in the works – on paper. Chances are imminent that Sony has much more going on than, for example Spider-Man 2 and Horizon Call of the Mountain.
If no agreement is reached between Microsoft and the FTC, the matter will be judged by the FTC’s internal judge Michael Chappell in August. From here, however, Microsoft can take the matter further to federal court.