The "Gamer's Lawsuit" against Microsoft is back, and Sony is helping

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Less than a month after it was dismissed, the "Gamer's Lawsuit" is back. The gamers suing to block the Xbox Activision deal have filed an amended complaint, bolstered with additional information provided by Sony.

You'd be forgiven if you've lost track of which lawsuit is which in the myriad efforts to block Microsoft's planned acquisition of Activision Blizzard. The Gamer's Lawsuit was filed in December 2022 on behalf of 10 seemingly random game fans arguing that the acquisition would be bad for the public, not just Microsoft's industry competitors. A judge dismissed the suit in March, saying that it failed to "plausibly allege" that the merger would have anticompetitive effects.

With that in mind, the suit has now been amended and refiled. The plaintiffs were unable to convince Nintendo and Sony's CEOs to testify here, but Sony was willing to produce a number of documents related to the case. In an April 7 filing (via TweakTown), Microsoft noted that it was "surprised" that the plaintiffs "received document productions from Sony weeks ago."

The amended lawsuit was filed on April 10, with the new information provided by Sony included. Sadly, we haven't gotten to see that info for ourselves. As Florian Mueller notes on his FOSS Patents blog, the charts provided by Sony have been redacted in the public version of the amended suit.

Even with the amendment, it's certainly possible that this lawsuit will be dismissed again, as the court will still have to decide whether or not there's merit to these arguments even with some additional detail. Beyond that, there's not much of interest in the new suit for casual observers - except for one thing. Sizable stretches of the amended Gamer's Lawsuit appear to have been directly copied from the FTC's complaint – a complaint which obviously carries much greater weight than the gripes of 10 random gamers. 

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Dustin Bailey
Staff Writer

Dustin Bailey joined the GamesRadar team as a Staff Writer in May 2022, and is currently based in Missouri. He's been covering games (with occasional dalliances in the worlds of anime and pro wrestling) since 2015, first as a freelancer, then as a news writer at PCGamesN for nearly five years. His love for games was sparked somewhere between Metal Gear Solid 2 and Knights of the Old Republic, and these days you can usually find him splitting his entertainment time between retro gaming, the latest big action-adventure title, or a long haul in American Truck Simulator.