Microsoft made a historic acquisition of Activision Blizzard for a staggering $68.7 billion USD last year, despite the company’s recent rocky history involving workplace misconduct allegations that led to an SEC investigation, the cancellation of BlizzCon 2021, and the indefinite delays of Diablo IV and Overwatch 2. However, antitrust law came to the forefront as the deal was put on hold as it entered court cases involving multiple parties, including Sony, which fought to block the acquisition.
Now, Kotaku has observed that Sony may be required to reveal valuable information about its exclusivity deals in order to demonstrate the value of having such control. Whether it be payments for securing PlayStation exclusives or deals preventing games from being available on the Xbox Game Pass, Microsoft would have access to information regarding arrangements made after January 1, 2019.
Sony and Microsoft continue to work towards a resolution that now favours approving the deal, as previous settlements, such as Microsoft’s promise to bring Call of Duty to Nintendo for at least ten years, have been reached.
In other gaming-related news, Counter-Strike 2’s beta test period is rumoured to begin within the next month; stay tuned for updates.