To reassure gamers and regulators, Microsoft has reportedly offered an agreement with Sony to continue to offer Call of Duty games for at least ten years on PlayStation consoles after the Activision Blizzard King takeover.
Since the announcement of the takeover of Activision Blizzard King by Microsoft, last January, Sony has expressed its fears to regulators in different countries. It must be said that this announcement casts doubt on Microsoft’s ambitions for the games of the world’s leading video game publisher. Concretely, Sony has expressed on many occasions its apprehension that the takeover will eventually make the franchise disappear. call of duty of its PlayStation consoles.
In the past, Microsoft has tried to reassure regulators and the various competition authorities by promising that games call of duty would continue to be released on PlayStation consoles for at least three years after the Activision takeover. A promise that did not convince Sony. To be even more reassuring, the Redmond firm would have gone even further, as indicated by the New York Times in an article posted on Monday, November 21:
Microsoft indicates that it offered Sony, on November 11, an agreement to keep call of duty on PlayStation for 10 years. Sony declined to comment on this offer.
It must be said that the games call of duty are the sinews of war in the legal dispute between Sony and Microsoft, the first accusing the second of wanting to buy Activision Blizzard King with the sole aim of recovering the exclusivity of the license and depriving the PlayStation consoles of one of the franchises most sold on console. Last June, we learned that Activision had sold more than 425 million copies during its 19 years of existence.
An eternal agreement without legal value
Microsoft has tried to reassure Sony by promising to continue to distribute the franchise call of duty on PlayStation for three years after the takeover, the proposal was rejected. Asked by The Verge on November 15, Phil Spencer, CEO of Microsoft Gaming, indicated that Sony wanted an even longer deal: “I understand that we want us to make a contract with Sony for a certain number of years which says “Okay, we will continue to distribute call of duty on PlayStation ». I’m totally fine with that, no problem. But the idea that we write a contract that says ” for all time “ makes no sense to any lawyer”.
Concretely, while Sony seems to have refused a three-year agreement, Microsoft would therefore, according to information from the New York Times, proposed an agreement over the ten years following the acquisition of Activision by Blizzard. A way for the Xbox manufacturer to reassure especially the regulators. The takeover is indeed assessed in 16 different countries to verify that it does not undermine free competition. This is particularly the case in the United States, Great Britain or the European Union. For now, only two regulators have approved Microsoft’s takeover plans: Brazil and Saudi Arabia.
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