Update: Microsoft has responded to Sony’s comments about the acquisition with yet another statement to GamesIndustry. A spokesperson said: “It makes zero business sense for Microsoft to remove Call of Duty from PlayStation given its market leading console position.”
This doesn’t necessarily mean Microsoft would keep the FPS series on PlayStation forever, but it has made similar comments several times before. Hopefully the two companies can reach some sort of arrangement that satisfies both sides, but this isn’t over yet.
Original Story: Microsoft’s enormous buyout of Activision Blizzard has been the big industry story for a while now, and as all the legalese is happening following the shock of the news itself, the scale of the bid is making real waves. As the UK and EU prepare to further investigate the implications of such a massive acquisition, Sony’s taken the opportunity to have another pop at the Redmond corporation.
Recently, the UK regulator stated its concerns about fair competition if the deal were to go through, which prompted Xbox’s Phil Spencer to reiterate Call of Duty will remain multiplatform for the foreseeable future. Sony took issue with that, saying the agreement about this was inadequate. As reported by GamesIndustry, regulators in the UK and EU will now further scrutinise the Microsoft’s plans, as the firm never responded to its initial concerns.
Sony, meanwhile, has issued GamesIndustry with a fresh statement on the matter. The company “welcomes the announcement” of the investigation, saying that giving Microsoft control of Activision and its games “would have major negative implications for gamers and the future of the gaming industry”. The statement continues: “We want to guarantee PlayStation gamers continue to have the highest quality gaming experience, and we appreciate the CMA’s focus on protecting gamers.”
In other words, Sony’s delighted the deal is caught up in so much red tape, and this public statement makes its stance perfectly clear. Of course, franchises like Call of Duty are huge for PlayStation, so the platform holder would never want to lose access to that, so the longer this merger is held up, the better.
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