The agency also wants more details on Zenimax and Activision Blizzard’s game exclusivity plans.
One of the bodies responsible for determining the future of the Activision Blizzard acquisition, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) wants to know more details on Microsoft’s recent 10-year deals with NVIDIA and Nintendo. Additionally, it wants more information about the company’s exclusivity intentions for content related to the Zenimax (which owns Bethesda) publisher and catalog.
The request for information was made by FTC lawyers in a series of documents filed last Tuesday (15). The entity claims to have some issues with the data provided by the Xbox owner so farwhich were deemed insufficient to fully understand her plans.
“Despite clearly planning to use these agreements in its defense, Microsoft has refused to produce internal documents related to them or communicate with third parties outside of NVIDIA, Nintendo and Sony.” explains the regulatory body. “Microsoft should not be allowed to enter into or rely on these agreements without producing the pending findings requested.“.
Microsoft intends to enter into several licensing agreements
The FTC’s order comes at a time when the Xbox owner is stepping up the number of ads with similar features. In all cases, the company is legally bound to offer access to its catalog of subscription services for 10 years, many of which are related to the world of game streaming.
Another common element of agreements is this they anticipate expanding the volume of available titles if the Activision Blizzard purchase is approved. In this case, franchises like Call of Duty would also be available on systems that, in practice, act as competitors to Microsoft itself.
In filings filed this week, the FTC is also asking Microsoft to disclose everything existing data of the next-generation system that will replace the Xbox Series X|S in the future. However, the way the request was made doesn’t make it clear if he wants information about the company’s next hardware or the entire future gaming ecosystem it plans to assemble.
Microsoft promises to announce new deals involving Call of Duty in the coming weeks
The company is working hard to convince regulators that it does not want to keep the series exclusive.