One of the leading opponents of Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard, sony had part of his arguments against the deal put forward by the CMA. In a series of documents made public by the regulator, The company claims that “there is no way to protect yourself” if you lose access to the Call of Duty franchise games.
“SIE’s recent experience in developing shooter/battle royale games is limited and their current flagship shooter franchise has significantly less impact than Call of Duty.”, said representatives of the company. He also explains that Destiny 2, despite being popular, recorded only small percentages of playing time and spending compared to Activision’s 2021 series.
In other words, the PlayStation owner argues that if Call of Duty is no longer available for their consoles, this can greatly affect your popularity and income.. Microsoft has repeatedly argued that it does not intend to restrict the series to Xbox platforms and that it is willing to enter into a legal agreement to bring it to Sony consoles for at least another decade.
Creating a COD competitor would be an unlikely endeavor.
In the documents registered by the Japanese company, it reinforces some positions of the CMA itself, stating that “few franchises are as enduring and significant in terms of revenue and play time on PlayStation”. She also claims that any attempt to create a competitor capable of rivaling the FPS series would have “a slim chance of success”.
Sony’s documents also state that games like God of War: Ragnarök, the “biggest first party titlethroughout its history, it had production costs “small compared to Call of Duty.” The company also presented a series of data that was hidden from the public to show that the costs of his most recent projects are much lower than those of Activisionthat would invest approx. $300 million annually in shooting franchise.
In addition to CMA, Microsoft still faces barriers imposed by two other major regulatory bodies for your purchase proposal to be approved. In addition to having to convince the North American FTC that the agreement will not harm the balance of the world of games, it will have to do the same with the members of the European Commission.
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Source: Adren Aline
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