statements of Microsoft The Administrative Council for Economic Defense (CADE) noting that Sony is paying for games that are not released on Game Pass follows an unusual development for those who enjoy a behind-the-scenes look at the games industry.
In the 27-page document, the Xbox owner went beyond justifying its acquisition of Activision Blizzard and even played the role of “.Give adviceSo Sony Upgrade to new levels of PlayStation Plus membershipwhich is considered a Game Pass competitor.
According to Microsoft, the announcements were motivated by Sony’s concern that a business model like Game Pass threatening its leading position in the gaming industry.
The company notes that Sony’s strategy of not including new titles on PlayStation Plus on launch day shows a clear contradiction to the business model, which threatens the strategy.Device oriented”, that is, it focuses on devices such as those received by PlayStation owners.
Sony can further capitalize on the high quality of its first-party games on PlayStation Plus on launch day, a strategy that will quickly grow the service’s user base in response to competitive pressure from Game Pass (or any other service). ) and that Sony currently does not accept, even with respect to the new and updated PlayStation Plus”Written by Microsoft.
“Sony’s move could make PlayStation Plus even more attractive to compete with any strategy from rival game publishers – to the benefit of gamers.”he added.
As part of the acquisition’s legal process, Microsoft is arguing that the inclusion of Activision Blizzard content in Game Pass will not undermine the ability of other companies to compete in the digital distribution marketBecause competitors have a wide range of titles outside of Activision Blizzard — including content not available on Xbox.
He argues that it is, in fact, Increase competition and deliver desirable, high-quality content at low costAnd that this is the reason that would have motivated Sony’s comments about the operation.
According to analysts such as Michael Pachter, the acquisition is expected to be completed in mid-January 2023, after passing the evaluation by various country authorities. In any case, public documents have done a great job in revealing what happened behind the scenes.