While the acquisition of Activision Blizzard is still not validated, Microsoft has announced that it has offered a ten-year deal to Sony for Call of Duty.
When Microsoft formalized the acquisition of Activision Blizzard for a titillating sum of 70 billion dollars, we knew it would take time to be validated. Especially since the Redmond firm has to deal with a rival determined to derail the transaction. Thus, Sony does not see the merger in a good light and uses the Call of Duty excuse to make the authorities understand that the advantage would be too great for Microsoft.
In recent months, the American multinational has multiplied the steps forward towards Sony, repeating over and over that Call of Duty will not disappear from the PlayStation ecosystem. Concrete proof was again provided by the New York Times in an article published on November 21. Where we discover that Microsoft has offered a ten-year contract to Sony regarding Call of Duty. The Japanese firm declined to comment.
A communication war between Sony and Microsoft
Last September, Jim Ryan, president of the PlayStation branch, had judged a first offer from Microsoft “ inadequate in many respects “. At the time, Microsoft was visibly promising to release games call of duty on PlayStation for three years. Since then, Phil Spencer, his counterpart at Xbox, has repeated several times that it was not in Microsoft’s interest to deprive PlayStation players of the Call of Duty saga (whose latest installment generated a billion dollars in a few days). At the end of October, he bluntly declared: “ As long as there is a PlayStation on the market, we will continue to launch Call of Duty on PlayStation. “As is the case today for Minecraftanother huge success.
According to the New York Times, Microsoft would have offered this ten-year contract to Sony on November 11 – a contract which can of course be renewed when the time comes so that Phil Spencer’s promises of eternity are kept. Will it be enough to convince Sony? Nothing is less sure.
Microsoft also accuses its competitor to mislead » the regulators, explaining that it « overestimates the importance of Call of Duty in its profitability “. A point which is quite difficult to comment on: does Sony really need Call of Duty to sell its consoles in view of its editorial line articulated around very attractive exclusive games? Activision’s license knows how to attract players, but Sony’s catalog is large enough to satisfy the community. For Sony, Microsoft remains despite everything a tech giant with a long history of dominating industries “.
A dozen regulators are currently looking into the acquisition of Activision to decide on the monopolistic risk. Two of them — Brazil and Saudi Arabia — endorsed it. For its part, the European Commission has launched an in-depth investigation, identifying several areas of concern. In short, Microsoft has not yet won.