Purported Xbox Files Published Online in the Midst of the FTC’s Case Against Microsoft
In a surprising turn of events, a collection of purported Xbox files linked to the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) case against Microsoft has been leaked online. The files, which were uploaded to a website hosted by the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, contain over 100 documents that shed light on Microsoft’s Xbox plans and strategies.
The leak comes at a critical time as the FTC is suing to block Microsoft’s acquisition of gaming giant Activision Blizzard. Many of the documents have been partially redacted, but they still reveal important insights into Microsoft’s tactics in the competitive gaming industry.
According to Douglas Farrar, the director of the FTC’s office of public affairs, Microsoft was responsible for inadvertently uploading these confidential documents to the court’s website. However, Judge Jacqueline Scott Corley quickly issued an order stating that the files were not meant to be made public. Consequently, she instructed both parties to resubmit the exhibits using a secure cloud link.
Some of the leaked files include emails from Microsoft Gaming CEO, Phil Spencer, as well as detailed timetables for upcoming gaming releases. Of particular interest is an exchange among senior Microsoft Gaming employees discussing the value of their exclusive hold on key video game titles.
One document that has generated significant buzz reveals projections for major game titles, including the highly anticipated “The Elder Scrolls VI”. Surprisingly, the document suggests that the game may not be released until 2026 or later, and furthermore, it will not be available for PlayStation. The implications of this revelation have left gamers and industry insiders speculating about the future of gaming alliances and exclusivity agreements.
Notably, neither Sony nor Bethesda, the developer of “The Elder Scrolls VI”, have responded to requests for comment regarding the leaked files. Similarly, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District and Microsoft have remained tight-lipped about the situation, declining to provide any comment at this time.
The leak of these Xbox files has sent shockwaves through the gaming community, fueling speculation and raising questions about Microsoft’s plans and the future of the industry. As the legal battle between Microsoft and the FTC continues, the implications of this breach in confidentiality are sure to have far-reaching consequences.
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