Sony calls Microsoft’s 3-year call-of-duty sharing offer ‘insufficient’

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PlayStation CEO Jim Ryan speaks of a Microsoft offer to keep it call of Duty Franchising on PlayStation for “three years after the current agreement” was “inadequate on many levels and did not take into account the impact on our players“.

In a statement made available to multiple outlets, including the Financial Times, Ryan said: “We want to continue to guarantee PlayStation players the highest quality call of Duty experience,” even if Microsoft’s proposed $68.7 billion bid to buy Activision Blizzard is approved. “Microsoft’s proposal undermines that principle,” Ryan said.

Ryan’s statement comes days after Microsoft Gaming CEO Phil Spencer told The Verge that his company signed a January agreement “to guarantee call of Duty on PlayStation, with feature and content parity, for at least a few more years beyond the current Sony deal, an offer well beyond typical gaming industry deals.” Ryan’s new statement suggests that Spencer’s “several years ” would specifically cover “three years” after the current agreement between Activision and Sony ends.”

The current agreement between Sony and Activision is believed to cover the next three call of Duty releases, including this year’s Modern warfare 2, according to GamesIndustry.biz. That means a proposed three-year extension of this agreement could last call of Duty‘s annual PlayStation releases through 2027.

While Ryan said Wednesday that he “did not intend to comment on what I took to be a private business discussion,” he’s now speaking out because he “feels like it.”[s] the need to set the record straight because Phil Spencer brought it up in the public forum.” Spencer’s recent comments followed an announcement by Microsoft in February that “call of Duty and other popular Activision titles” will “be available on PlayStation beyond the existing agreement and in the future, so Sony fans can continue to enjoy the games they love.”

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The statements by Sony and Microsoft are dueling each other call of Duty The access comes during a crucial phase in Microsoft’s quest for international regulatory approval for its record-breaking proposed acquisition. Last week, the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority announced it was launching a “Phase 2” investigation into the proposed merger, saying the deal “could significantly reduce competition in the console and streaming games market “.

In a blog post responding to this Phase 2 investigation, Spencer reiterated that Microsoft “is committed to maintaining the same version of call of Duty Be available on PlayStation the same day the game launches elsewhere.” Spencer also noted that Activision Blizzard games would be available through its Game Pass subscription service and playable “on other platforms via our cloud game streaming technology.” (although these platforms would most likely include mobile phones and not PlayStation consoles, where Sony hosts a competing streaming service).

Last month, in public filings with Brazil’s antitrust regulator, Sony argued that “the addition of Activision Blizzard to the Xbox Game Pass catalog would mark a ‘game changer’ in the market.” call of Duty Specifically, Sony has “no rivals” in the space, according to Sony’s filing, and the franchise “would be essential to their PlayStation console.”

In its response, Microsoft argued that “it is unlikely that a significant number of PlayStation and Nintendo users would migrate to Xbox due to a hypothetical exclusivity strategy regarding Activision Blizzard games.”

In an earnings report released last month, Activision Blizzard said that “lower engagement with the call of Duty Franchise” after the release of vanguard was partially responsible for a year-over-year decline in revenue and operating income in the second quarter. During the same period, monthly active user counts for the Activision Publishing division – which is almost entirely run by the call of Duty Franchises these days – shrunk nearly 26 percent to 94 million. Despite this, the franchise is still worth an estimated $5.2 million Daily Revenue, according to a recent report.

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