Jan 31, 2023, 12:17
Sony will mislead the European Commission about the exclusivity of the Call of Duty franchise once Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard is complete. This is what Frank X Shaw, Head of Communications at Microsoft, said in a number of tweets.
Jim Ryan, CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment, spoke last week with Margrethe Vestager, the European Commissioner for Competition. According to Reuters, he was going to inform the watchdog about Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard and its consequences.
in twitterthread Frank X Shaw, Microsoft’s head of communications, says he’s heard Ryan wasn’t fair to Vestager. According to the head of Sony, Microsoft will not want to share the popular Call of Duty with other platforms after acquiring Acitvision. Something that, according to Shaw, is “far from the truth”. According to the head of communications, his company wants to conclude a ten-year agreement with Sony under which Call of Duty games will be released simultaneously with the same content, features and quality.
Xu further tweeted that it doesn’t make sense to discount the market’s flagship PlayStation. According to experts, one of the bottlenecks is the fear that Call of Duty games will be available on the day and date on Microsoft’s GamePass in the future. This makes the service offer more interesting, since subscribers no longer have to buy the game. By the way, Shaw didn’t say anything about this.
Meanwhile, many international regulators are still considering the acquisition. The US Federal Trade Commission sued Microsoft in early December last year to block the deal. The Federal Trade Commission believes that the merger of the two companies is not good for consumers; They’ll bear the brunt of the lack of competition in consoles, subscription service, and cloud services.
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