Sony accuses Microsoft of ‘obvious harassment’ in latest FTC court filing

You know, I’m not sure the console dads will ever share a stage again (opens in new tab). Just days after Bobby Kotick, in the pages of the Financial Times, accused Sony of “sabotaging” Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard, Sony has come out and accused Microsoft of “blatant harassment” (via Axios (opens in new tab)) in a recent filing with the US Federal Trade Commission (opens in new tab) (FTC).

It’s not quite harassment, as you or I would understand it: Microsoft didn’t spam Sony with offensive texts. But as part of the lengthy and ongoing legal battle between the two companies over the Activision acquisition, the Xbox maker has requested access to all sorts of normally private internal Sony documents in order to make its case. In its filing with the FTC, Sony alleged that one particular request — a “request for performance reviews for the conduct of SIE” — was so far out of contention that it amounted to “blatant harassment” of Sony by Microsoft. Won’t that make someone think of the Sony executives?


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