An Activision acquisition could significantly weaken PlayStation, CMA says

PlayStation can significantly weakened by purchase Microsoft Xbox’s Activision Blizzard, says the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA). The body seems quite concerned about Sonny’s predicament.

Yesterday, the CMA announced its concerns about the merger between Activision Blizzard and Microsoft. Also among the concerns is that the acquisition could mean a significant weakening of PlayStation.

In its 35-point summary, the CMA addresses a number of concerns that could lead to a Second stage investigation If not addressed. Regarding Sony’s competitiveness, he says:

“The CMA is concerned about taking full control of this powerful catalog in particular Because of Microsoft’s already strong position in gaming consolesOperating systems and cloud infrastructure can cause Microsoft is hurting usersThe competitiveness of Sony – Microsoft’s closest gaming competitor – has been affected.

“CMA believes that it is the main competitor in the short and medium term can be affected Sony will be for this behavior. There is evidence that Microsoft and Sony are in fierce competition in terms of content, audience and console technology.

The agency also believes that the purchase is possible put Sony at a disadvantage When it comes to buying next-gen consoles, if gamers prefer Xbox. The reason cited is the risk that the loss of Call of Duty could result in a significant loss of revenue and customers.

“PlayStation currently has a larger share of the console gaming market than Xbox, but the CMA believes that Call of Duty is so important that losing access to the game (or losing competitive access) would have a significant impact. Sony’s revenue and customer base.”

“This impact is likely to be felt even more with the release of next-gen consoles as gamers make new decisions about which console to buy.” The CMA believes that the merger could significantly weaken Microsoft’s closest competitors, which would be detrimental to overall competition in the console gaming space.

CMA also claims that by offering CMA’s games Activision Blizzard on Game Pass, Microsoft could eliminate the competition.

“As the market for multiplayer subscription game services grows, Microsoft can use its control over Activision Blizzard’s content to fend off competitors, including new and emerging game players as well as more established players such as Sony.”

On the other hand, some are surprised that CMD used the same arguments as Sony, which has always worked on exclusives and removing content from competing platforms since Sega. Final Fantasy, Spiderman, Wolverine, SF5, Forespoken and tried with Starfield before Microsoft bought Bethesda.

Sony recently bought stakes in FromSoftware and Bungie and is among the market leaders. Although Nintendo can survive very well without Activision Blizzard.


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