Call of Duty won’t be coming to the Xbox Game Pass catalog for a few years, all because of Sony.
The case of the takeover of Activision Blizzard by Microsoft is progressing slowly but surely, and has just experienced a new episode. Currently under the scrutiny of authorities around the world, the acquisition of the studio has made its mark in Brazil, and is now facing the same fate in the United Kingdom. In a new document shared by the Competition and Markets Authority, we learn that if the takeover itself is not a problem, there is indeed a concern with regard to the Xbox Game Pass.
But not from Activision Blizzard or Microsoft; it’s Sony that seems to be struggling with the prospect that the franchise call of duty may one day land on Microsoft’s service catalog. We understand why, this would make it lose control of sales of games on PlayStation, a situation that the firm wants to avoid… at all costs? The document states that “the agreement between Activision Blizzard and Sony includes restrictions on Activision Blizzard’s ability to place Call of Duty titles on Game Pass for a certain number of years.”
Patience is the mother of virtue
call of duty on the Game Pass, so it’s not for now. The document does not disclose the nature of these restrictions or even what Sony’s motivations are. The firm has not commented or confirmed anything on its side, so we will not be able to learn more. However, Microsoft wants to be reassuring all the same, and wants to show its paw in good faith towards its competitor, even after its numerous declarations on the fact that call of duty would not become an exclusive.
“Microsoft has no intention of removing Call of Duty from PlayStation or downgrading access to the franchise. The evidence in this regard is clear and includes Microsoft’s public statements and its correspondence with Sony, Sony’s public statements, the strategic rationale for the transaction, the valuation of the transaction, and internal Microsoft documents relating to the transaction. ‘operation.”
Similarly, the authorities do not even consider that the integration of the franchise with Xbox Game Pass would be a breach of competitive practices. Indeed, a little further in the document, we can read that “multi-game subscriptions are a means of payment – not a market“.