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US senators continue to target Sony over PS5, PS4 timed exclusives



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More US senators are calling out Sony on its timely exclusive deals, as the fallout from Xbox’s unprecedented $69 billion acquisition of Activision Blizzard continues to reverberate. North Dakota’s Kevin Kramer is the latest to throw his hat in the ring, sent a letter to CEO Kenichiro Yoshida expressing “concerns about the company’s efforts to protect its gaming console business from competition.” anxiously, One of Cramer’s campaign contributors is Microsoft – as is consistent with many other American politicians since this story began.

Effectively, Kramer wants PlayStation to hand over “unredacted copies” of agreements it has made with publishers like Square Enix, such as Forspoken and Final Fantasy 16. game passAs well as all documents and correspondence regarding the acquisition of Destiny Maker Bungie.

Cramer justified his letter by stating that the sports industry has a $20.6 million impact on North Dakota’s economy and is responsible for 221 jobs, with plenty of room for growth over the next ten years. He added that PlayStation’s lobbying of the Federal Trade Commission to try to block Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard was an example of “anti-competitive conduct.”

Of course, all of this is unlikely to go anywhere and is all part of a side-show in trillion-dollar Microsoft’s unprecedented acquisition of one of the world’s largest publishers.


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