Sony is paying to keep games out of Game Pass, Microsoft accuses

As many know, Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard is in its final stages, and several world powers are looking to see how this acquisition will affect the global gaming market.

Brazil has also been involved in this process, and earlier this month we can see documents Sony sent to Microsoft stating that “Call of Duty is so popular that it influences consumers’ choice of console“.

And yesterday (09) we had a new update on the process, in which the Xbox owner responded that Sony paid “blocking rightsTo prevent developers from installing their games Xbox Game Pass. The document submitted by CADE (Council of Economic Defense Administration) can be read here.

“Microsoft’s ability to continue to expand Game Pass has been hampered by Sony’s desire to inhibit such growth. Sony pays ‘blocking rights’ to prevent developers from adding content to Game Pass and other competing subscription services,” the filing said.

In addition, Xbox also responds to the market monopoly, saying that the opinion of the Japanese company is “isolated” and that “Game Pass threatens to compete more effectively with the buy-to-play model that has been very successfully adopted by Xbox. Sony”.

Should Game Pass with Activision increase subscriber numbers?

In a recent interview with Yahoo Finance Live, analyst Michael Pachter said that the number of additional users on the Xbox subscription service for Activision Blizzard games could reach 100 million.

Pachter also emphasized that the FTC (Transaction Supervision Authority) has no reason to take a position against the acquisition of the company and that the procedures should be completed no later than mid-January 2023.

Or is Sony wrong?

In fact, the accusation made against the Japanese company is not so easy to verify. It’s worth noting that it’s unclear what exactly Microsoft might be referring to, as game publishing contracts are complex, especially when they involve streaming rights and exclusivity, even if temporary.

Now it will be necessary to wait for the evaluation of all the points raised by the responsible authorities and only then we will know how this series will develop.

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