We are still far from knowing the outcome of the acquisition of Activision Blizzard, but Microsoft continues to make eyes at its competitors and the authorities so that it passes. And the license call of duty is at the heart of discussions and other concerns.
Towards a compromise to leave Call of Duty on PlayStation?
Even though Microsoft has acquired Activision Blizzard, there are certain ongoing contracts that cannot be broken. The biggest is certainly the one that exists for the Call of Duty franchise with PlayStation. But beyond these agreements, Sony is very afraid of losing the license and for good reason, it is on the consoles of the Japanese manufacturer that the revenues generated are the most important.
Xbox had then made an offer deemed inappropriate by PlayStation. Sony Interactive Entertainment wanted to make things clear by revealing the duration of the deal which was “only three years”. Can a compromise be found? During a The Verge podcast, Xbox boss Phil Spencer says he’s open:
I think the idea of writing a contract that says “forever” is a little ridiculous, but I have no problem making a longer-term commitment that would be fine with Sony and the regulators.
We estimate that CoD will remain on PlayStation consoles for as long as gamers want to play it on those platforms and it is not a competitive threat to Sony.
Xbox boss Phil Spencer via The Verge.
If Call of Duty is talked about so much, it is because it represents an essential element in the validation of the takeover of Activision Blizzard by the authorities as indicated by Phil Spencer.
A trick with the Xbox Game Pass?
In this same interview segment, the boss of Xbox certifies that there is no wolf. The next Call of Duty will be released on PlayStation and without Sony needing to accept Xbox Game Pass on its platforms.
The other argument for maintaining the license on PS5 and the future consoles that will replace it, are the revenues as said above. Microsoft does not want and cannot do without:
Microsoft has made it clear that it relies on revenue from distributing Activision Blizzard games on PlayStation machines.