Controversy over Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard has been mounting as regulators have begun to speak publicly, some approving it, others asking for more clarification. Now we know that Xbox boss Phil Spencer has written to Sony about the future of Call of Duty.
In the letter, Microsoft commits to keeping Call of Duty on PlayStation for “a few more years” in addition to the existing marketing agreement Sony has with Activision. He made the commitment in a letter to PlayStation chief Jim Ryan earlier this year, and it’s the clearest sign yet that Call of Duty won’t suddenly disappear from PlayStation platforms if Microsoft’s $68.7 billion deal is approved by regulators.
So we can understand that in a few years, Microsoft will be able to make Call of Duty exclusive to its cloud services, PCs and Xbox – in addition to Playstation. It seems it has Sony was terrorized before ignoring the purchase
exactly How many years Call of Duty is guaranteed on PlayStation is still unclearBut Bloomberg originally reported earlier this year that Microsoft was ready to release Call of Duty on the PlayStation “at least for the next two years”, suggests that Sony’s marketing. The franchise deal could expire in 2024. Then, in February, Microsoft publicly committed to keeping Call of Duty “Available on PlayStation out of contract and in the future”.
Sony has said it can’t afford to create a franchise similar to Activision’s Call of Duty, which stands out as a “standalone gaming category.” Microsoft claims that no COD has any other popular competitors and that it is not impossible to beat. Microsoft also argued in those CADE documents that not distributing games like Call of Duty to competing console stores “simply wouldn’t be profitable” for the company.
THE A war of duty There has been a franchise between Xbox and PlayStation for a long time. Sony struck a deal for additional Call of Duty downloadable content for PlayStation fans in 2015 after Xbox was Call of Duty’s traditional home. This battle is sure to continue as lawyers for Microsoft and Sony continue to argue over Call of Duty and antitrust authorities try to decide exactly how important it is.
Prepare the popcorn, that this battle seems to have just begun. Sony is very afraid of losing Activison Blizzard games, but it seems that Microsoft does not want to force it to always release on Playstation. Let’s see how it turns out.