Xbox openly wanted to kill off PlayStation, supporting evidence

Kate Smith

6/27/20232 min read

The story of Microsoft's acquisition of Activision Blizzard has yet another turn. Unexpected information is sent in an email. The lessons are as follows:

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC), an American agency, exposed records during the trial between it and Microsoft, including personal emails from Matt Booty, the Xbox Studios director. Because it is quite Machiavellian in regards to Sony, one of them is reacting particularly strongly. See what you can read inside of it instead.

An unusually "aggressive" email sent to Sony

Microsoft was quite critical of Sony, according to a 2019 email submitted as proof in the ongoing antitrust litigation in San Francisco. In fact, it was rather obvious that the American corporation wanted to destroy the Japanese company. The image below shows the email in question. Tim Stuart, the CFO of Xbox, and Matt Booty have the following conversation:

The first sentence, in particular, is particularly clear because it can be read in black and white:

“Microsoft is in the extremely rare situation of being able to spend so much money that Sony would be forced out of business”.

Booty makes the point in his message that ten years from now, the business may reflect on its actions and tell itself that it was wise to invest two to three billion dollars to consistently keep one step ahead of the competition and prevent Sony from becoming the "Disney of video games," as it is said in the email. Further, Matt Booty cites Tencent, Google, and Amazon to demonstrate how it is practically impossible for anyone to introduce a brand-new, extensive streaming service. It must be acknowledged that Microsoft must have already been aware of the failure on the way to the other American behemoth at the time, as we were just after Google's Stadia offer. There is also a hint of feverishness there, as Booty expresses concern and claims that, despite Xbox's advantage, Sony is the only competitor who could stand a chance against Game Pass.

Microsoft responds formally:

Microsoft responded to the discovery of this correspondence by underlining the fact that it is clearly outdated and shouldn't be considered in conversations regarding the project because it was aware that such an email would raise controversy. Activision Blizzard was bought. Microsoft's director of public affairs, David Cuddy, says:

“We have never pursued these market trends, and they have nothing to do with the transaction”.

Despite all this, it's difficult to see the Xbox firm abandoning its desire to overtake the competition; this drive is what has blatantly been apparent after the trial period of one week.