Microsoft says Sony is trying to boycott Xbox Game Pass

Microsoft has said that Sony is trying to prevent games from reaching Xbox Game Pass. The announcement was published in an official document of CADE (Council of Economic Defense Administration) this Wednesday (10), as noted by the website. Enemy.

Brazil has been at the center of a dispute between Xbox and PlayStation developers since the beginning of the month, when CADE released emails and documents from several companies in the sector. This is because, as in other countries, the agency is analyzing Microsoft’s purchase of Activision Blizzard, and therefore questioning other companies – such as Ubisoft, Riot Games and Warner Bros. — on how this may affect the market in general.

First, Sony said that Game Pass wants to monopolize the market…

PlayStation 5, Sony’s latest console (Photo: Dennis Cortés/Unsplash)

Sony was one of the companies interviewed. The Japanese emphasized the importance of the franchise Call of duty, which is owned by Activision Blizzard, and claims that its Xbox exclusivity could be serious. According to him, the game “could influence the choice of console of the consumers”, which would negatively affect the sales of the PlayStation, precisely because there is no competitor.

The Japanese have also accused Microsoft of using Game Pass to try to dominate the market. According to Sony, the competitor’s subscription service is responsible for 70 to 80% of the Brazilian subscription market – globally, the figure is 60% to 70%. The data draws attention because Microsoft doesn’t publicly release the numbers.

“One of the reasons why Microsoft’s Game Pass has grown so quickly is that since 2017, Microsoft has acquired a number of third-party studios, including Double Fine, Obsidian Entertainment, Ninja Theory and Bethesda, and added their content to Game Pass in . The acquisitions gave Microsoft a greater body of content—even without Activision games. Adding Activision games to that content would be a game changer.”

Now Microsoft has responded to the attacks

Xbox Series X, one of Microsoft’s 2020 consoles that promises to be “top of the line” (Photo: Ivo Meneghel Jr/Canaltech)

Microsoft responded to CADE’s comments on Wednesday, claiming the rival “shows displeasure at being able to compete” with Game Pass. The company also says the service’s growth is being hampered by its own competitor, which insists on exclusivity deals with studios and publishers.

“Sony pays for ‘blocking rights’ to prevent developers from adding content to Game Pass and other competing subscription services.”

himself Call of duty Case in point: Over the years, Activision Blizzard has maintained a close relationship with Sony, releasing exclusive content. Call of duty For PlayStation players. A similar partnership took place in St Marvel’s AvengersFor example, from 2020.

“Sony’s Public Demonstrations […] It’s clear: Sony doesn’t want attractive subscription services to threaten its dominance in the digital distribution market for console games. In other words, Sony is resisting the introduction of new monetization models that challenge its business model.

In addition, according to Microsoft, the arrival of Activision Blizzard games in Game Pass “does not harm the ability of other players to compete in the digital game distribution market”, on the contrary: it increases competition due to “low availability of high-quality content”. costs”.

Call of Duty will continue on PlayStation, Microsoft says

Call of Duty: Warzone is a free-to-play battle royale game and one of the most popular titles today (Photo: Disclosure/Activision Blizzard)

One of the biggest doubts that arose after Microsoft announced its acquisition of Activision Blizzard was whether Call of duty would become an Xbox exclusive. In January of this year, the head of the brand, Phil Spencer, assured that the releases of the franchise will continue on PlayStation consoles.

In this new document, Microsoft reinforced the same position. It is maintained Call of duty An Xbox exclusive just isn’t going to be profitable.

“As unusual as Sony’s criticism of content exclusivity may seem – as PlayStation’s entire strategy has been focused on exclusivity for years – the reality is that Activision Blizzard’s strategy is to preserve games, not push their rival consoles into stores, simply. Not be profitable for Microsoft […] Such costs, in addition to the likely lost sales, mean that Microsoft will not be able to recoup the losses from implementing exclusivity with higher revenues in the Xbox ecosystem.

Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard remains under review by global regulators.

Source: CADE (1, 2), The Enemy

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