Microsoft’s massive purchase of Activision Blizzard has been the industry’s big story for a while now, and as with all legitimate news shocks, the scale of the bid is making real waves. As the UK and EU prepare to further examine the implications of such a large acquisition, Sony took the opportunity to have another pop at Redmond Corp.
Recently, the UK regulator expressed its concerns about fair competition if the deal were to go through, prompting Xbox’s Phil Spencer to reiterate that Call of Duty will remain multiplatform for the foreseeable future. Sony raised the issue saying that the agreement on this is insufficient. As reported by Sports industryRegulators in the UK and EU will now further examine Microsoft’s plans, as the firm never responded to their initial concerns.
Sony, meanwhile, has released GamesIndustry with a recent statement on the matter. The company “welcomed the announcement” of the investigation, saying that giving Microsoft control of Activision and its games “would have major negative implications for the future of gamers and the gaming industry”. The statement continued: “We want to guarantee that PlayStation gamers continue to have a high-quality gaming experience, and we appreciate the CMA’s focus on protecting gamers.”
In other words, Sony’s deal is mired in too much red tape, and this public statement makes its stance abundantly clear. Of course, franchises like Call of Duty are huge for PlayStation, so the platform holder would never want to lose access to that, so the longer this merger is held off on, the better.
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