SIE doesn't trust Microsoft's promise to continue supplying 'Call of Duty' for PlayStation

Microsoft is proceeding with the acquisition of the game publisher `` Activision Blizzard '' known for the popular FPS `` Call of Duty (CoD) '' series, but it is under investigation by regulatory authorities as it may lead to market monopoly. Microsoft has said to SIE (Sony Interactive Entertainment) that

it will continue to provide the CoD series for PlayStation as one of the measures to proceed smoothly with the acquisition, but SIE once said that Microsoft was a game It is showing a cautious attitude because there is a case of acquiring Zenimax, the parent company of the publisher ' Bethesda '.

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In January 2022, Microsoft announced the acquisition of Activision Blizzard. The purchase price is 68.7 billion dollars (approximately 7.9 trillion yen at the rate at that time), which is a large-scale project.

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Activision Blizzard is making the popular FPS 'Call of Duty' series, which raises suspicion that Microsoft intends to make CoD an Xbox exclusive. Regulators also feared a market monopoly, and the Federal Trade Commission sued Microsoft.

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On the other hand, Microsoft denied the suspicion, saying, '

We will continue to release Call of Duty on Playstation .'

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We signed a contract to supply 'CoD' to Nintendo and NVIDIA for 10 years.

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One of the reasons SIE remains cautious is Microsoft's acquisition of Bethesda Softworks and its parent company Zenimax Media in 2020-2021. In a document submitted to the UK's Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), the SIE said that the European Commission approved the Bethesda deal as 'not raising competition concerns', but the company did not sell Starfield. He pointed out that he decided not to release it on PlayStation. In this case, Bethesda executives have apologized.

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SIE says that the contract that Microsoft signed with Nintendo to 'supply CoD for 10 years' does not relieve anxiety.

Also, SIE points out that even if the CMA tries to implement 'behavioral remedies' to make CoD multi-platform, Microsoft can't deal with the myriad ways to avoid its obligations.

The CMA is scheduled to make a final decision on this matter by April 26, 2023.

On March 14, 2023, Microsoft announced that it had signed a new contract to provide Xbox games to the cloud game platform Boosteroid for 10 years.

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