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Thankless Sony is unwilling to comply with FTC's subpoena over Microsoft-Activision merger
 

 
This is counterintuitive. One would think that Sony's PlayStation chief Jim Ryan has a Lina Khan poster above his bed because the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is doing him the favor of acting almost like a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sony Interactive Entertainment with respect to Microsoft's acquisition of Activision Blizzard King (NASDAQ:ATVI). At minimum, one would expect Sony to jump when the FTC asks for documents and testimony in connection with that merger case. Not so:

On Wednesday, Sony filed a motion--which it says the FTC does not oppose--for an extension of time (PDF). Instead of meeting the production date for documents requested by the FTC, which was supposed to be February 10, the PlayStation maker wants to have until February 15 "to move to limit or quash or otherwise respond to the subpoena served on [Sony Interactive Entertainment] by the United States of America Federal Trade Commission."

Let that sink in:

This is the same Sony that has been telling the FTC (and other regulators) that the transaction has to be blocked "because Call of Duty." They're the only vocal complainer. The FTC brought that in-house lawsuit, which is exactly what Sony wanted, and served a subpoena on Sony (which according to the motion happened on January 20). That is possibly the first thing that the FTC has done in this entire context that a Sony subsidiary would not have done.

Instead of hearing the proverbial call of duty and readily handing over all the documents requested by the government agency, Sony is now negotiating the scope of discovery and reserving its right to "move to limit or quash" the FTC's subpoena. That's not being cooperative...

In a way I anticipated the obvious: Sony doesn't like to find itself on the receiving end of discovery requests because its own content-centric business strategy and dealings with game makers would have to be debated in public--the very practices that Sony engages in like no one else and accuses Microsoft of planning to engage in with respect to Call of Duty.
Therefore, it came as no surprise that Sony took issue with Microsoft's subpoena. It had a deadline yesterday to move to limit or quash that one, but the FTC sometimes has a delay or one or more days before a document gets uploaded, so I don't know whether Sony and Microsoft worked it out. Anyway, both Sony and Microsoft are private parties, and disagreements between them are one thing, but being uncooperative when a government agency requests material in a case that it brought because of Sony's constant complaining is another.

What I find really puzzling is that Sony not only reserves the right to limit the subpoena but even to "quash" it in its entirety. Sony may refuse to cooperate at all.

Sony can't claim that somebody is dragging it into that merger case because Sony instigated it all and is even playing fast and loose with the truth.


The FTC and other competition enforcers (for example, the European Commission issued a Statement of Objections) can see now that Sony wants to have its cake and eat it. It wants government agencies to do the job of delaying (or, preferably from Sony's perspective, derailing) a transaction--but it doesn't want to make its contribution by putting all relevant facts on the table. Sony may be afraid of some of its own practices giving rise to competition enforcement--and of being exposed as a hypocrite, which is bad enough in its own right.

The FTC may, however, be more concerned now about its own reputation. It just suffered a major defeat as a federal judge declined to extend a temporary restraining order against Meta over its acquisition of Within
(I'm waiting for the public version of the order so I can comment more specifically). The FTC's track record under Chair Khan is not looking good. Will the agency ever get tired of losing?

As long as those merger cases (the one in the FTC's in-house court and the one in the Northern District of California) are pending, Sony and others have to expect that some of their strategies and practices will be discussed in public. Nvidia is in talks with Activision Blizzard over the scope of the latter's discovery request. Nvidia is not nearly as aggressive as Sony, but it appears to be opportunistically seeking a license it doesn't have and wouldn't otherwise get.

The FTC's in-house lawsuit has spawned a class-action-style (more action than class) case in the Northern District of California, the district in which the FTC just lost against Meta. Those San Francisco proceedings will be even more public unless the complaint gets dismissed. The class-action lawyers who brought it would like Sony's Jim Ryan, Nintendo's Doug Bowser, and Activision Blizzard's Bobby Kotick to testify (and have subpoenaed those three)--in addition to, of course, Microsoft's leadership. Games Radar picked up this story, too (The console war reaches new heights as random gamers ask Sony and Nintendo CEOs to testify over Microsoft Activision deal). Sony's lawyers may already be preparing the next "motion to limit or quash."
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 2 months ago '11        #2
Blokka Blokka  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x8
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They don't want to play this game



But but but but but but...

The Sony ponies about to be in here

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 2 months ago '05        #3
HiRolliN 
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 2 months ago '17        #4
Naga Sadow  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x27
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They looked at the Apple and Epic battle and realized that they don't want all of their info aired out.
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 2 months ago '20        #5
D1dnt read  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x1
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 2 months ago '22        #6
God Bless You 
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This is really what OP was doing at 1am?
Scouring the internet for Xbox stan blog entries about this FTC case

Every time I think this man’s life can’t get any more pathetic he proves me wrong by outdoing himself



God bless


Last edited by God Bless You; 02-03-2023 at 05:49 AM..
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 2 months ago '20        #7
DrDisrespect 
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 God Bless You said
This is really what OP was doing at 1am?
Scouring the internet for Xbox stan blog entries about this FTC case

Every time I think this manís life canít get any more pathetic he proves me wrong by outdoing himself



God bless
Your pal Pleasure Boy hasnt posted in quite a while,I think he might be dead.

If only I can find those mini-bibles and shove it up your a*s with holy water as lube

How about you take over from your father's absence and start posting threads instead of looking like a damn fu*king fool everytime?

 2 months ago '22        #8
God Bless You 
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 DrDisrespect said
Your pal Pleasure Boy hasnt posted in quite a while,I think he might be dead.

If only I can find those mini-bibles and shove it up your a*s with holy water as lube

How about you take over from your father's absence and start posting threads instead of looking like a damn fu*king fool everytime?
Wtf is your problem fam?
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 2 months ago '20        #9
DrDisrespect 
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 God Bless You said
Wtf is your problem fam?
"WtF iS yOuR pRoBlEm FaM"

Cat got your tongue???

Talk Man!!!!

God Bless


Last edited by DrDisrespect; 02-03-2023 at 02:29 PM..
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 2 months ago '04        #10
Real 
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 2 months ago '22        #11
God Bless You 
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 DrDisrespect said
"WtF iS yOuR pRoBlEm FaM"

Cat got your tongue???

Talk Man!!!!

God Bless
You got issues fam

God bless
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 2 months ago '09        #12
Puppet Master  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x17
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Who cares

PS5>>that other thing
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 2 months ago '05        #13
Krazie  OP
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 DrDisrespect said
"WtF iS yOuR pRoBlEm FaM"

Cat got your tongue???

Talk Man!!!!

God Bless

 2 months ago '20        #14
DrDisrespect 
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 God Bless You said
You got issues fam

God bless


No,The dude that always enters Xbox Threads just to sh*t on them but never enters PS Threads got issues and belongs in a Mental Institution.

God Bless
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 2 months ago '17        #15
Naga Sadow  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x27
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 Krazie said
Microsoft is requesting data that would be really damaging to Sony's case.



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 2 months ago '09        #16
iamsoulja 
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 Naga Sadow said
Microsoft is requesting data that would be really damaging to Sony's case.



MS aint playing damn Sony better leave this sh*t alone lol
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 2 months ago '04        #17
Da Ill One  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x2
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 Naga Sadow said
Microsoft is requesting data that would be really damaging to Sony's case.



Why does MS need any of the irrelevant stuff?

 2 months ago '17        #18
Naga Sadow  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x27
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 Da Ill One said
Why does MS need any of the irrelevant stuff?
It's not irrelevant to their case. Sony's argument is that without CoD on their consoles they won't be able to compete. Microsoft is subpoenaed them for records proving that they can. If they get documents showing that Sony paid companies to keep games off of their platform then it proves Sony is using the same tactics they're accusing Microsoft of.
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 2 months ago '04        #19
Da Ill One  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x2
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 Naga Sadow said
It's not irrelevant to their case. Sony's argument is that without CoD on their consoles they won't be able to compete. Microsoft is subpoenaed them for records proving that they can. If they get documents showing that Sony paid companies to keep games off of their platform then it proves Sony is using the same tactics they're accusing Microsoft of.
Did you read what you posted?

It said MS js asking for everyone's date of birth, gender, country they were born in, performance reviews of Sony employees, that stuff is irrelevant as fu*k. I hope Sony tells them to fu*k off and doesn't give them that stuff.

Only supply the relevant stuff not that other insignificant sh*t
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 2 months ago '23        #20
Nano 
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 Puppet Master said
Who cares

PS5>>that other thing
"That other thing"

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 2 months ago '17        #21
Naga Sadow  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x27
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 Da Ill One said
Did you read what you posted?

It said MS js asking for everyone's date of birth, gender, country they were born in, performance reviews of Sony employees, that stuff is irrelevant as fu*k. I hope Sony tells them to fu*k off and doesn't give them that stuff.

Only supply the relevant stuff not that other insignificant sh*t
Yeah, I'm not too keen on that. But I'm not a lawyer so I'm don't understand their position on that. All the other stuff is very relevant to the case.
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 2 months ago '04        #22
Da Ill One  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x2
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 Naga Sadow said
Yeah, I'm not too keen on that. But I'm not a lawyer so I'm don't understand their position on that. All the other stuff is very relevant to the case.
Yeah the rest. But that's the stuff I was talking about why do they need all that other sh*t.

Isn't @ a lawyer or no?
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 2 months ago '05        #23
Krazie  OP
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 Da Ill One said
Isn't @ a lawyer or no?
He only plays one on Boxden
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 2 months ago '14        #24
Swade009  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x7
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 Naga Sadow said
It's not irrelevant to their case. Sony's argument is that without CoD on their consoles they won't be able to compete. Microsoft is subpoenaed them for records proving that they can. If they get documents showing that Sony paid companies to keep games off of their platform then it proves Sony is using the same tactics they're accusing Microsoft of.
I dont think this is Sony saying they canít compete, itís more of Microsoft is taking money away from them which helps support their brand while being able to buy out any company they want. MS shouldnt be allowed to just buy any company they want when they canít even do good with what they already have.

Personally I want Xbox to get Activision, I want to see Sonyís full slat of games they are working on.

But MS being able to pay their way out of being a complete failure is a bad thing and it could have a negative impact of gaming.
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 2 months ago '05        #25
Krazie  OP
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 Swade009 said
I dont think this is Sony saying they canít compete, itís more of Microsoft is taking money away from them which helps support their brand while being able to buy out any company they want. MS shouldnt be allowed to just buy any company they want when they canít even do good with what they already have.

Personally I want Xbox to get Activision, I want to see Sonyís full slat of games they are working on.

But MS being able to pay their way out of being a complete failure is a bad thing and it could have a negative impact of gaming.
What money is Microsoft taking from them?
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