Microsoft Responds To Old Xbox Comment About 'Spending Sony Out Of Business'

A story that you may have seen doing the rounds on social media over the past few hours relates to an old comment from Xbox Game Studios boss Matt Booty about the idea of "spending Sony out of business".

Naturally, this has attracted a lot of attention, and Microsoft has been keen to address it.

Firstly though, let's see what Booty had to say. The comment was made in an email from 2019 (that's been shared as part of this week's FTC hearing) in which Booty suggested to Xbox CFO Tim Stuart that someone could have the view of Microsoft being in a "very unique position to be able to go spend Sony out of business".

"A different view to the general view below might be that we (Microsoft) are in a very unique position to be able to go spend Sony out of business..."

"Content is the one moat that we have, in terms of a catalog that runs on current devices and capability to create new. Sony is really the only other player who could compete with Game Pass and we have a 2 year and 10M subs lead."

The comment about "spending Sony of business" has been spreading across social media, which prompted Microsoft to issue an official statement. David Cuddy, general manager of public affairs at Microsoft, told The Verge that the email referred to industry trends that were never pursued, and it had nothing to do with the Activision Blizzard acquisition.

“This email is three and a half years old and predates the announcement of our acquisition by 25 months. It refers to industry trends we never pursued and is unrelated to the acquisition.”

It's not a big surprise that Microsoft has decided to respond to this one, as taken at face value, it's definitely not a good look — after all, the company is trying to promote competition in the industry right now.

Then again, as the statement mentions, it's a very old email that was dated almost a year before the Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S were even released, a long time prior to Microsoft's announcement about acquiring Activision Blizzard (which the company is currently trying to defend in court against the FTC). We're sure Booty regrets the wording though!

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