Microsoft-Blizzard Activision Acquisition: Authorities Force Sony to Reveal Exclusive Agreements
The drama of the possible purchase of Blizzard Activision by Microsoft continues.
Between dimes and directed, accusations and requests this goes for long.
Both parties continue to investigate and request that it reveal information that will supposedly provide a clearer panorama to those who will make the final decision.
In January of this year, Microsoft sent a summary to Sony as part of its defense process to acquire Blizzard Activision.
The order includes 45 requests for documents to Sony, including copies of each of the agreements that have exclusive developer companies in addition to all drafts of any type of related communication.
Of course Sony tried to get rid of or at least limit the requirements of this order, arguing that the amount of requests is irrelevant to the case, expensive and that it would consume time unnecessary.
However, the director of the FTC (Federal Trade Commission) rejected almost all the arguments presented by Sony.
Now the company will have to send a copy of all the agreements that it has completed since January 1, 2012.
Sony declared that this information did not have a true value and that collecting these documents would require superhuman effort to manually review more than 150 thousand contracts of contracts to filter those that are relevant.
For his part, Microsoft said that, because the case of the acquisition of Activision Blizzard focuses on whether access to intellectual properties after purchase are exclusively for Xbox that will negatively affect competition, then it would be important to understand
Completely how Sony’s exclusivity contracts work and the effect they generate to their competition in the industry.
The FTC agreed with this argument.
In the end, the only request granted to Sony was to reduce the range of dates of its exclusive contracts with developers, and now you will only have to submit all contracts and communications dated as of January 1, 2019.
Editor’s note: This movie continues and continues, we do not reach an outcome, how has you given us to gossip!
What continues to be alarming is the ignorance of the authorities regarding the industry.
I like to think that at least an effort is being made to understand how things work, so that informed decisions are made in the end.