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Microsoft questions Sony’s concerns over Call Of Duty ownership

Microsoft questions Sony’s concerns over Call Of Duty ownership
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Microsoft questions Sony’s concerns over Call Of Duty ownership

In a 27-page document related to the Activision Blizzard acquisition, Microsoft attempts to refute Sony’s concerns that PlayStation Call of Duty players would switch to Xbox.

Sony recently told CADE, Brazil’s regulatory committee, that Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard, and by extension Call of Duty, would heavily influence consumers’ console purchasing choices. Microsoft responds to those claims in a new document, reports CVG, Microsoft claims that Sony was the only company surveyed to make such claims. Microsoft also argues that Sony is “resentful” of competing with Game Pass and wants to crush any potential competition in its business model.

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Microsoft rejects Sony’s claim that Call of Duty is in a class of its own when it comes to mass-market video games, using Sony itself as a counterexample. The document argues that while PlayStation has a massive set of loyal fans, it cannot be considered a separate market from other video game consoles. Likewise, although Call of Duty has a huge audience, it cannot be considered out of competition with other titles.

Additionally, Microsoft claims that Sony, as well as other companies with game subscription models, have their own means of competing with Game Pass and that gamers view subscription services as a method of paying for games. Finally, Microsoft reaffirms that Call of Duty will continue to be available on PlayStation and states that it would not be profitable to remove Call of Duty from PlayStation, because it would have to bring PlayStation users to Xbox, instead of simply allowing them to continue buying games.

Microsoft announced its intention to acquire Activision Blizzard at a turbulent time for the massive publisher. In July 2021, the state of California filed a discrimination lawsuit against Activision Blizzard. This sparked a flurry of worker organizing and ongoing court drama. Microsoft has agreed to recognize a merger of Activision Blizzard after the acquisition takes place. Due to the size of the acquisition and potential antitrust concerns, it has already come under scrutiny from regulatory agencies around the world.

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