Sony: ‘Giving Microsoft control of Activision games like Call of Duty’ has ‘major negative implications’

UPDATE 5pm UK: In a statement to Eurogamer, a Microsoft spokesperson responded to Sony’s statement, “It makes no business sense for Microsoft to remove Call of Duty from PlayStation given its leadership position in the console market. ”

ORIGINAL STORY 4:45 p.m. United Kingdom: Sony says it “welcomes the announcement” from the UK Competition and Markets Authority that it will further investigate Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard.

In a statement to GamesIndustry.Biz, the platform holder said that “by giving Microsoft control of Activision games like Call of Duty, this deal would have major negative implications for gamers and the future of gaming. ‘gaming industry’.

“We want to ensure PlayStation players that they continue to enjoy the highest quality gaming experience,” Sony continued, “and we appreciate the CMA’s focus on player protection.”

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Earlier this month, the CMA announced that it would move Microsoft’s proposed acquisition of Activision Blizzard to “Phase 2”, meaning the regulator will now conduct a further investigation into the implications of the acquisition in the market.

The CMA listed several reasons for its decision, but chief among them was the value of the Call of Duty franchise in driving console sales.

His stated concern was that Microsoft might make Call of Duty an Xbox-exclusive title in the future, and then could seriously hurt future PlayStation sales.

Microsoft pledged to keep Call of Duty on PlayStation for “several years”, but Jim Ryan’s response to PlayStation said it was “inadequate on many levels”.

In the end, only one side of this argument will come out happy, and we still have some time before we know which.