Judge forces Sony to disclose PS5 exclusivity deals to Microsoft

An administrative law judge from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) upheld part of Microsoft’s subpoena to Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE). This means that the latter will be forced to disclose the documents specifying its exclusive contracts.

In preparation for a legal battle with the FTC on antitrust grounds, Microsoft requested access to various Sony-owned documents to build the case. Microsoft’s proposed takeover of Activision Blizzard has raised concerns from both the FTC and the UK government, which are concerned that the takeover will lead to exclusivity deals that could reduce competition in the video game market – in violation of antitrust laws.

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