FTC says Microsoft leaked its own stuff, Phil Spencer downplays relevance of confidential docs

Following a huge leak of confidential Microsoft documents which revealed apparent plans for a new Xbox controller and Xbox Series X refresh, it looks clear that Microsoft itself is responsible for the accidental info dump.

The FTC is currently battling Microsoft in court over its intention to acquire Activision Blizzard, and as with any legal inquiry into a company’s business plans, stacks of internal Microsoft documents have been requested as evidence. Some of those documents are made available to the public unredacted, but courts usually allow companies to redact or entirely withhold particularly sensitive documents from public eyes. Although some internet onlookers jumped to blame the FTC for these confidential files appearing on a court server earlier this week, the FTC and judge indicate otherwise.

@DouglasLFarrar: The FTC was not responsible for uploading Microsoft's plans for its games and consoles to the court website.

(Image credit: Douglas Farrar)

“The FTC was not responsible for uploading Microsoft’s plans for its games and consoles to the court website,” FTC public affairs director Douglas Farrar wrote on X today. He followed that statement with an image of Judge Jacqueline Scott Corley’s order to remove the documents from the public server, drawing attention to the bit that notes that “Microsoft provided the link” to the files containing its non-public information.

source: gamezpot.com