According to the latest reports, Sony recently signed a binding 10-year agreement with Microsoft to keep Duty up Play station gaming consoles. We all know that Activision is the creator of the best-selling Call of Duty series. Let me tell you that all regulators around the world have expressed great concern about Microsoft’s power over the gaming market if the acquisition is approved. On the other hand, Microsoft is the manufacturer of the Xbox, directly competing with Sony’s PlayStation. It sparked fears that Microsoft would make games “exclusive” to its own consoles, displacing Sony from the competition. So basically the deal does something to address those concerns.
Sony & Microsoft Deal: Call of Duty Stays on Playstation
Phil Spencer, CEO of Microsoft Gaming, stated:
“We are pleased to announce that Microsoft and PlayStation have signed a binding agreement to keep Call of Duty on PlayStation following its acquisition of Activision Blizzard”
Microsoft Vice President Brad Smith revealed that even after a deal is struck, Microsoft is tipped to stay focused on ensuring Call of Duty remains available on more platforms and to more buyers than ever before.
According to reports, the federal appeals court thwarted the Federal Trade Commission from temporarily blocking the deal. In addition, the FTC had also sued to stop the deal in San Francisco federal court in July, but was unsuccessful. The FTC failed to convince a judge that the agreement would pose an anticompetitive risk. The point to note here is that regulators in the EU signed the deal in May. Britain’s Competition and Markets Authority also got ready to negotiate terms of the deal with Microsoft. The deal is pretty much like a 10-year agreement between Microsoft and Nintendo, along with the various deals Microsoft has crashed with cloud gaming platforms to bring Duty to rival services.
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