The random gamers suing Microsoft say they have "uncontroverted evidence" that Xbox wants to put PlayStation out of business

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The group of random gamers suing Microsoft over the Xbox Activision deal say they have "uncontroverted evidence" that Xbox wants to put PlayStation out of business.

In an appeal filing revealed by Axios, lawyers representing the "Gamer's Lawsuit" say that the court, which previously dismissed the suit, "failed to consider uncontroverted evidence that Microsoft had the intention to put its main competition, the Sony PlayStation, out of the market; and that this merger is a part of that strategy."

That evidence, apparently, consists of an internal email sent by Xbox Game Studios boss Matt Booty to Xbox's chief financial officer, Tim Stuart. In the public release of the filing the contents of that email, referred to as Exhibit K, have been redacted, as Microsoft characterizes it as an "internal exchange" that should not be shown outside of court.

The Gamer's Lawsuit has been kicking around since December 2022, and reached particularly notable heights as lawyers representing the gamers asked Sony and Nintendo CEOs to come testify. After the suit was dismissed earlier this year, it was amended and refiled with a request that the court make a preliminary injunction against the deal - that request was denied.

This is all separate to the FTC's effort to block the Xbox Activision merger, which is broadly considered quite a bit more serious than the Gamer's Lawsuit. That's on top of the UK's CMA blocking the purchase earlier this year, a move Xbox is set to appeal.

There will surely be no shortage of upcoming Xbox Series X games regardless of whether the deal goes through.

Dustin Bailey
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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.