Microsoft’s attempt to acquire Activision Blizzard has led to the company issuing a subpoena to Sony for legal information. According to VGC, Sony has been granted an extension of one week to respond to the subpoena, which was originally served on January 17th. The extension was granted as negotiations between the two companies regarding the scope of Sony’s production and discovery schedule are ongoing.
It’s worth noting that the phrase “production and discovery schedule” does not refer to PlayStation game production, but rather the legal team’s work at Sony. This suggests that Microsoft is looking for legal information to help build its case for acquiring Activision Blizzard.
The proposed merger has faced obstacles, including a lawsuit from the Federal Trade Commission in December and an expected anti-trust warning from the EU. Despite this, Microsoft has continued to defend the deal, with CEO Satya Nadella stating that it will lead to increased competition in the video game industry. However, competitors like Sony have spoken out against the deal. In an effort to alleviate Sony’s concerns, Microsoft has offered a ten-year deal to keep the Call of Duty franchise multi-platform, ensuring that the game remains available on both Xbox and PlayStation consoles.
The acquisition of Activision Blizzard by Microsoft would be a major move in the gaming industry and it will be interesting to see how the negotiations and legal proceedings play out in the coming months. It remains to be seen if the acquisition will be approved and what the implications of such a move would be for the industry and gamers alike.
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