The ongoing legal case between the FTC and Microsoft continues to generate discussion, and the third day was particularly interesting as it allowed Sony's side, represented by PlayStation leader Jim Ryan, to present their perspective. Ryan revealed that it was due to a mysterious email from Spencer that Sony vehemently opposed the acquisition of Activision Blizzard King.
Although the PlayStation executive was not physically present in the courtroom, an extensive video recording spanning over two days, April 6th and 7th, 2023, was presented as evidence.
While Microsoft announced its plans to acquire Activision Blizzard King in early 2022, Xbox reached out to the head of PlayStation with a letter of agreement and a list of games they would commit to continue bringing to Sony consoles.
Ryan mentioned that Spencer did not address the concerns about the fate of Activision Blizzard King games on PlayStation. Despite that, the PlayStation executive initially had no major objections to the acquisition.
What was in the email Phil Spencer sent to Sony?
However, things changed in August 2022 when Sony was awaiting Microsoft's response to their counterproposal. At that point, the email from Spencer "set off alarms" and caused significant concern within the Japanese company. Ryan's position shifted from frustration and resignation to a complete opposition to the deal, according to IGN.
Interestingly, the mysterious message from Spencer was not shared in court. Reports indicate that the email was heavily redacted, so the only ones who know its content are Spencer, Ryan (as well as other involved parties from PlayStation and Xbox), and the legal authorities handling the case.
It is important to note that around the same time, Xbox reaffirmed its commitment to keep Call of Duty on PlayStation. Ryan also revealed that Microsoft's offer was to bring Call of Duty to PlayStation for 10 years after the acquisition, which Sony considered inadequate according to Ryan.
It is common for documents, sentences, paragraphs, graphics, or other content of this nature to be redacted, but this particular email has garnered attention. Will the content of the email jeopardize the future of the Activision deal with Microsoft? It is unlikely, but difficult to know for sure, so the public can only speculate.
What do you think Spencer wrote in the message to PlayStation? Share your thoughts in the comments.