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Microsoft looks to Sony for help in its defense against FTC lawsuit

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Sony Interactive Entertainment is trying to limit its involvement in Microsoft's current battle with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) over Activision Blizzard.

Legal documents show Microsoft recently subpoenaed its competitor in the hopes of building a defense against the FTC, which filed a lawsuit against the Xbox maker in December 2022.

Sony was originally meant to respond or kill the subpoena by January 20, but has now been granted an extension up to January 27 (this Friday).

Information requested by Microsoft is said to be related to the scope of Sony's game production. In the past, Sony has said losing revenue from Activision Blizzard would be felt in future console generations (like the PlayStation 6), and it wasn't in a position to make a substantial first-party competitor.With how much time Sony has spent arguing that Microsoft's acquisition of Activision Blizzard would hurt PlayStation specifically, Microsoft wants to learn how much the acquisition would truly hurt PlayStation's business.

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