A $69 billion (£60 billion) deal between Xbox and publisher Activision Blizzard, owner of the Call of Duty game franchise, is being fought vehemently by Sony.
Many nations have permitted the deal to go through despite concerns that the sizable purchase will give Xbox an unfair share of the gaming market.
Sony claims that Xbox intends to make Call of Duty exclusive to its console after just three years, and the UK courts are currently evaluating the deal.
Call of Duty won’t become an Xbox exclusive; the company has previously stated that it will continue to sell the games on all available platforms.
Even more aggressively, the business retaliated against PlayStation, claiming that the latter was paying publishers to keep their titles off Xbox Game Pass.
For the following three years, PlayStation has a contract with Activision Blizzard.
As a result, Call of Duty will be available on PlayStation for at least three years, and PlayStation gamers will have access to titles like Modern Warfare 2 one day before Xbox owners.
Microsoft President Brad Smith has maintained, as quoted by the Financial Times, that the company has no plans to sell Call of Duty on fewer platforms.
“Sony, the industry leader, claims to be concerned about Call of Duty, but we have stated that we are committed to making the same game available on both Xbox and PlayStation on the same day,” he claims.
Instead of limiting access to games, we want more people to have it.
The president of Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE), Jim Ryan, asserts that Xbox will only honor this commitment for the remaining three years of the contract.
“I hadn’t intended to comment on what I understood to be a private business discussion,” Ryan told the courts, “but I feel the need to clear the air because Phil Spencer (CEO of Microsoft Gaming) brought this into the public forum.
Call of Duty will only be available on PlayStation for another three years after Activision and Sony’s current deal expires, according to Microsoft.
His criticism of Xbox’s plans didn’t stop there, saying they were “inadequate on many levels and failed to take account of the impact on our gamers.”
“We want to ensure that PlayStation Call of Duty players continue to have the best possible experience, and Microsoft’s proposal undercuts this principle,” he continued.
Since this is the largest single transaction the gaming industry has ever seen, it must be approved by all international courts in order to proceed.
A further development for the deal will be obtaining UK approval.
Written by Georgina Young on behalf of GLHF.
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