Even at Christmas the Redmond house continues to fight, because Microsoft has lashed out harshly against the FTC .
The regulatory body that is preventing Xbox from becoming too massive after the purchase of Activision Blizzard, making Xbox Game Pass (you subscribe through Amazon) a gaming monopoly.
A fight that also involves Sony, with which Microsoft is adopting every possible strategy, sometimes even surprisingly, trying to go into an apparent disadvantage.
And within hours of new information regarding the now turbulent relationship between the Federal Trade Commission and Microsoft, new information arrives.
Microsoft’s new reports, told by Game Industry among others, report very harsh attacks against the regulatory body.
Microsoft yesterday filed its response to the Federal Trade Commission’s antitrust complaint US on the proposed acquisition of Activision Blizzard, with a 37-page document.
In addition to the arguments already expressed on many other occasions, this time Microsoft is also working to challenge the FTC itself, its role in this affair:
“These proceedings are invalid because the structure of the Commission as an independent agency exercising significant executive power, and the constraints associated with the removal of Commissioners and other Commission officials, violate Article II of the United States Constitution and the separation of powers.”
The neutrality of the FTC is challenged by Microsoft which, as it states in a later passage, “violates the Fifth Amendment right to judgment before a netural arbitrator.”
As the months go by, the situation is evidently becoming more and more complicated and fiery. Among other things, many other details also emerge that no longer involve only the Call of Duty franchise, but also other intellectual properties.
The Federal Trade Commission has also in its sights Fortnite these days, given that Epic Games was forced to pay an astronomical fine .