Major FTC Hearing Begins This Week With Microsoft & Activision CEOs In Attendance

Just a few days ago, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission announced that it was filing a request for a preliminary injunction against Microsoft and Activision Blizzard, and the hearing is officially set to begin this week.

Specifically, the dates that have been officially penned in are June 21st, which is when the preevidentiary hearing begins, and then June 22nd, 23rd, 27th, 28th, and 29th for the full hearing.

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and Activision CEO Bobby Kotick are among the executives that will appear in court to defend the Activision Blizzard deal this week, and multiple Xbox execs will also be in attendance including Phil Spencer.

Sony's Jim Ryan will also testify as part of the hearing to discuss market competition, but the PlayStation boss will only appear via video link, which Microsoft took a bit of a swipe at earlier today in a statement to The Verge:

“Unlike Sony, our most senior executives will testify in person to answer any questions about our business strategy. This deal means more choice for gamers, a fact that only becomes clearer the more you look at the case."

We'll keep you up to date with all the most important news coming out of the FTC hearing over the next few days. In short, if the FTC's injuction is granted, it'll present major roadblocks (and potentially the end) for Microsoft in terms of getting the Activision Blizzard deal over the line.

What do you think will come of the FTC preliminary injunction hearing? Tell us in the comments.