GAMES CONSOLE SELLER Microsoft appears to be a bit miffed with an outfit called Datel Design & Development.
The Vole has complained in the strongest possible terms to the US International Trade Commission that Datel Design has be doing some terrible things and has called for an immediate investigation.
According to Microsoft, Datel has been violating its patents and stealing its ideas. It also seems that there is a history of bad blood between the two companies.
Last year a California court gave Datel Design the green light to pursue five of the six antitrust claims it filed against Microsoft over its recent locking-out of third-party Xbox 360 accessories.
Datel is an English company that flogs third-party memory cards and controllers for the Xbox 360. It sued the Vole after an October 2009 firmware update made its accessories incompatible with the popular video game console.
Microsoft claimed that it was a side effect of a crackdown on Xbox Live cheaters.
The Vole initially tried to get the case chucked out but was a little embarrassed when the judge upheld many of Datel's antitrust claims against it.
Microsoft claimed that gamers agree to not use third-party accessories when they buy an Xbox 360 and receive their contract and warranty. µ
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