Now that Microsoft’s takeover of Activision Blizzard is a bit down the road, Sony is giving in as well. The Japanese accept a 10-year deal from Redmond and ensure the continued existence of the popular Call of Duty franchise on PlayStation consoles.
A “binding agreement” was made.
Fearing that Microsoft might consider Call of Duty an Xbox exclusive in the future, Sony has presented itself as its arch-nemesis for a $69 billion deal over the past few months. Now that an Activision Blizzard acquisition is imminent, the PlayStation inventor is taking advantage of the door Microsoft is still opening for a long-term collaboration.
As Phil Spencer, Head of Xbox CertainMicrosoft and Sony are entering into a “binding agreement” to keep existing and upcoming Call of Duty games on PlayStation. “We look forward to a future where gamers around the world have more choices to play the games they love,” said Spencer. Microsoft’s Director of Xbox Communications, Kari Perez, gave the opposite the edge Defined commitment for ten years.
Sony, Nintendo and Nvidia are happy
In January, the deal was still on the Japanese table in a different form. Originally, Microsoft offered to keep all current Activision games for consoles on PlayStation systems until the end of 2027, including upcoming Call of Duty titles. With the exclusive focus on Call of Duty, Sony has now accepted a ten-year term instead of just four to five, which should end the feud between the two companies. In February, Nintendo accepted a similar deal to be ported to Microsoft and Activision Blizzard, specifically Call of Duty, over the next decade. A few days later, an agreement was reached with Nvidia and other cloud gaming service providers in order to guarantee games not only via Xbox Game Pass game streaming, but also with competitors.
Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard is currently nearing its final stage. The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) appeal is still pending, and the expedited request was denied. Last but not least, the British Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) is putting obstacles in the way of the Redmond company, which, however, can already be eliminated on Monday.
- Microsoft and Sony agree to a 10-year deal to acquire the Call of Duty franchise.
- Sony waives the guarantee that the popular game will continue to exist on PlayStation.
- Nintendo accepted a similar 10-year deal.
- Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard is nearing completion.
- The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Capital Markets Authority (CMA) still put hurdles in their way.
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