Microsoft Responds To Day One Of The FTC Trial

Microsoft Responds To Day One Of The FTC Trial Appeal
Microsoft logo is seen on a smartphone placed on displayed Activision Blizzard logo in this illustration taken January 18, 2022. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration

On Thursday, the first day of testimonies took place in the first major court battle between the FTC and Microsoft. After the court adjourned for the day, Microsoft sent out a short statement in response to what transpired.

“Today showed Sony has known all along we’ll stand by our promise to keep games on its platform and made clear its work to lobby against the deal is only to protect its dominant position in the market,” a Microsoft spokesperson told Insider Gaming on Thursday evening.

Throughout the first day of testimony, it was revealed that PlayStation boss Jim Ryan did not believe the acquisition was about exclusivity. In addition, Activision requested higher revenue shares from Microsoft in order to keep Call of Duty on the platform.

The FTC is trying to stop Microsoft from closing on its acquisition of Activision Blizzard. Once all the evidence is presented, U.S. District Judge Jacqueline Scott Corley will decide whether to grant the FTC’s request to stop the purchase until another trial on August 2 in Washington, DC, or to let Microsoft move forward with the acquisition.

The case will continue on Friday morning at 11:30 am PT. It’ll run through June 29 if needed in San Francisco. Judge Corley is expected to make a decision sometime after July 4.

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  1. It seems to me as a consumer Playstation is trying to monopolize the gaming industry, Xbox and PC and Nintendo didn’t argue that ff16 was a Playstation exclusive if any company is bidding to have exclusive games only its Playstation not Xbox and what if Nintendo try to aquire Activision . I don’t see Playstation fighting them .it’s a merger that Playstation is worried that they will become number three in the has a great graphics . And xbox went online and Playstation been fighting for a piece of the pie in online .

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