The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has blamed Microsoft for the massive leak of information about Xbox, revealing details about unannounced hardware and games.
Leaked emails have exposed secrets of the video game industry and provided a rare glimpse into the behind-the-scenes deals underpinning Microsoft’s gaming strategy.
This leak is considered the most devastating in Xbox history, as FTC trial documents reveal Microsoft’s plans for a mid-gen Xbox refresh in 2024, a next-gen Xbox hybrid in 2028, and the timeline. of Bethesda releases.
In addition, an email has been leaked in which Phil Spencer expresses his desire to acquire Nintendo. Also mentioned are possible developments such as a one-handed Xbox controller and a next-gen version of Rockstar’s Red Dead Redemption 2. This leak represents a serious mistake for Microsoft and could have detrimental consequences for its marketing plans and business relationships.
The leaks emerged from exhibits to a single court document uploaded to a website hosted by the United States District Court for the Northern District of California, where the FTC is suing Microsoft over its $69 billion acquisition of Activision Blizzard. of dollars.
In a TweetDouglas Farrar, director of the FTC’s office of public affairs, claimed that the FTC was not responsible and, in a statement issued to NBCNews, accused Microsoft of causing its own problems, saying: “Microsoft was responsible for the error in uploading these documents to the court.”