Microsoft and Nintendo signed a 10-year deal for Call of Duty, but the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) still has questions about this deal. So long ago he subpoenaed Nintendo to testify about the purchase of Activision Blizzard.
However, it seems that Nintendo is not happy about this, as it is doing everything possible to avoid testifying before the US body. We know that the company asked an FTC judge to strike down the subpoena, considering it out of order for one simple reason.
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Nintendo does not want to speak to the FTC
In mid-March, the FTC asked Microsoft to reveal more details about its Call of Duty deals with Nintendo and Nvidia. This is because the agency doubts the company’s true intentions regarding the popular franchise.
For this reason, Nintendo’s testimony is important to the agency. However, the company strongly opposes the subpoena and has already filed a petition to cancel the meeting with the FTC.
Steve Singer, senior vice president of publisher and developer relations at Nintendo of America, was the representative who negotiated the 10-year agreement with Microsoft for Call of Duty. For this reason, the FTC requires a testimony about the case and all that it implies.
Leonard Gordon, a lawyer for Nintendo of America, says that they are not required to comply with this requirement and that they can avoid meeting with the FTC. This is because the agency submitted its request weeks after the deadline set for this process, that is, last March 3.
“Complaint attorney allegedly served Singer’s subpoena on March 29 or 30, 2023. Therefore, Singer’s subpoena is untimely and should be set aside, there is no good reason to excuse the complaint attorney’s failure to comply with the summons deadline,” said the lawyer.
As of this writing, the FTC is reviewing Nintendo’s arguments, so it’s unclear whether the company will be spared or forced to testify about the Activision Blizzard purchase and the 10-year deal for Call of Duty.
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