The takeover of Activision-Blizzard by Microsoft has not finished spilling ink. While some regulators validate the transaction, others continue to investigate and share their fears. This is the case of the CMA, the British competition authority, which has begun the second phase of its study. In new documents, she reveals that the arrival of Call of Duty on the Xbox Game Pass is not expected for a long time.
No Call of Duty on Xbox Game Pass for years
Microsoft has said it many times, existing agreements between PlayStation and Activision before the takeover will be honored. In other words, the Call of Duty license will remain with the competition for several more years. On the other hand, what worries Sony and the global competition authorities is the possibility that the billion-dollar franchise will arrive on the Xbox Game Pass as soon as it is released. However, Sony had already signed a contract with the studios concerned to prevent the arrival of the various games on the XGP.
” Activision-Blizzard’s deal with Sony includes restrictions on its ability to place Call of Duty titles on Game Pass for a number of years “, can we read in the documents. In other words, if PlayStation regularly raises its concerns on the subject with regulators, the disaster scenario would not occur for years. For its part, Microsoft had defended itself on the subject by arguing that ” the idea that the historic market leader can be ousted by the third largest player just by losing access to a game is not credible. »
There is still a long way to go before the acquisition of Activision-Blizzard is validated. The United Kingdom will decide in March 2023, Europe has just started its investigation, while the FTC (United States) will deliver its verdict at the end of November. So we haven’t finished hearing about Call of Duty, Xbox Game Pass and this acquisition.