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In another twist for the surreal, the Biden administration is now being pressured by members of Congress from both sides of the political aisle to take decisive action on a supposed 'monopoly' held by PlayStation on the Japanese video game market.

Some required reading on this one, as it all stems from comments made by Democratic Senator Maria Cantwell (D-Wash) to U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai on Friday regarding a supposed imbalance in the high-end Japanese game market which adversely affects American companies.

As reported by Axios, now 10 additional members of Congress have since penned their own concerns in two letters, one each from both Republicans and Democrats.

It's worth noting that seven of the ten representatives are from Washington, Microsoft's home state. In addition, the company is Cantwell's largest political donor, having forked over more than half a million dollars over the past few decades.

Both letters have a different political angle, as you might imagine, and both cite that misleading "98% of the high-end video game market" figure, which completely ignores the monstrous impact of PC, mobile, and, you know, Nintendo. That last one is kinda important, too, what with Switch being the console that actually dominates the region in reality.

In related news, the UK's Competition and Markets Authority is no longer concerned about Microsoft's acquisition of Activision Blizzard, meaning the proposed buyout of the company is now far more likely to go through.

With both Democrats and Republicans demanding an investigation into the purported unfair business practices implemented by Sony, we imagine it won't be the last we hear of this particular matter. What do you think of this whole affair? Formerly notarise a response in the comments section below.

[source axios.com]