The ongoing drama surrounding Microsoft’s planned acquisition of Activision Blizzard continues to mount. For anyone who may not be aware of what is going on, the Xbox giant has decided to acquire a publisher Call of Duty, Overwatch, Crash Bandicootand other major IP for a whopping $68.7 billion. Sony, meanwhile, isn’t too thrilled about the deal, citing its lingering concerns about potentially losing Call of Duty to its primary competitor. As such, the deal is currently under close scrutiny by several regulators, including the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA).
In a recently released document, Sony Interactive Entertainment made a number of observations that could potentially help in its efforts to block a deal between Microsoft and Activision Blizzard, and one observation in particular caught our attention. In a few select paragraphs, Sony effectively states that Microsoft is trying to turn it into Nintendo, arguing that the latter has proven successful without the likes of Call of Duty.
It’s certainly a strange accusation, but let’s look at the full quote for further context:
“Microsoft argues that Nintendo has been successful without access to Call of Duty. That misses the point. The decision identifies a wide range of evidence that Nintendo offers a different experience for Xbox and PlayStation because it focuses on family-friendly games that are very different. ” of PEGI 18 FPS games like Call of Duty. This is supported by Microsoft’s internal documents, which the CMA found show that: “In general, Microsoft’s internal documents follow PlayStation more closely than Nintendo, with Nintendo often absent from any internal competitive assessment.”
“Microsoft claims that Nintendo’s differentiated model demonstrates that Sony doesn’t need Call of Duty to compete effectively. But this reveals Microsoft’s real strategy. Microsoft wants PlayStation to become like Nintendo, so it would be a less close and less effective competitor to Xbox. ” After the deal, Xbox would become a one-stop shop for all of the console’s best-selling shooter franchises (Call of Duty, Halo, Gears of War, Doom, Overwatch), Decision explains, and then be free. in the face of serious competitive pressure.”
What a revealing quote! It certainly shows the desperation on both sides of the pitch. Sony is apparently adamant that Call of Duty should remain on PlayStation, but – as quoted by Xbox’s Phil Spencer – “Call of Duty will be on PlayStation as long as players want to play Call of Duty on PlayStation, and that’s not a competitive threat . Play Station”. So who knows what will happen.
As for us, we’re quite happy to let Sony and Microsoft fight in the trenches for as long as it takes; we’re quite content waiting for Tears of the Kingdom to drop on Switch!
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