Sony cries "obvious harassment" over Microsoft requests

The battle for the ownership of Activision Blizzard as well as Call of Duty continues to go from ugly to uglier.

The struggle for Microsoft to get its proposed $69 billion acquisition of Activision Blizzard approved continues. Microsoft is one of the world's largest tech companies and already has an embarrassment of riches. Regulatory bodies argue adding one of the most profitable gaming publishers to its coffers is unfair. Now, Microsoft has to deal with its competition, Sony, who says that its constant demands are tantamount to "obvious harassment."

Sony Cries "obvious Harassment" Over Microsoft Requests
Sony continues to weave and bob as it finds a way to land a knockout punch for Microsoft's buyout of Activision Blizzard to fall through.

Kotaku reports that Microsoft and Sony have each filed a series of court documents over the better part of the past month as they each make their case. As Sony opposes the sale, Microsoft is entitled to certain documents and emails from specific Sony executives. Apparently, the main contention is the extent and scope of this "discovery." It's come to a point that Microsoft has accused Sony of stalling and then withdrawing information.

In its defense, Sony is accusing Microsoft of asking too much, describing its competitor's request as "obvious harassment", adding that "even in employment cases courts require a specific showing of relevance before requiring production of personnel files."

It remains to be seen if Sony's recent actions will draw positive support from audiences. For what it's worth, several agree with the sentiment that Microsoft shouldn't own such a big piece of the gaming industry.

Sony Cries "obvious Harassment" Over Microsoft Requests
A recent survey suggests that a majority of PS5 owners only bought the console to play Call of Duty.

Keep in mind that Call of Duty is one of the best-selling video game franchises and it isn't the only all-timer under the care of Activision Blizzard. Sony might hold the keys to some of gaming's most iconic franchises, but Activision Blizzard arguably has just as many. Perhaps this would explain why the UK CMA is reportedly suggesting that Microsoft take Call of Duty off the table in order for the acquisition to push through.

It's hard to tell if Sony will succeed in stopping the deal. However, many believe the purchase will go through within the year.

In the meantime, Sony is believed to be preparing for a State of Play showcase either later this month or in March. Our bet is on the former given that the PSVR2 will launch on February 22.

Ray Ampoloquio
Ray is a lifelong gamer with a nose for keeping up with the latest news in and out of the gaming industry. When he's not reading, writing, editing, and playing video games, he builds and repairs computers in his spare time. You can find Ray on Twitter.
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