Here’s what Sony had to say about its deal with Microsoft to buy Activision

Sony said that the purchase of Activision through Microsoft would have “serious negative consequences for players” and supported an investigation into the company’s activities. Activision as Xboxrun by the UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA).

 

AT declaration Sony told GamesIndustry that it is pleased to hear of the announcement of the investigation. Responsible state body initiated a new stage the study September 1 this year, after commenting on his anti-competitive concerns in July.

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The points made by the CMA in the full statement highlight the importance of playing Call of Duty. “By offering Microsoft control of Activision games such as Call of Duty, this agreement could have serious negative implications for gamers and the future of the gaming industry,” Sony GamesIndustry said in a statement. “We want PlayStation gamers to continue to enjoy high quality games and we appreciate the CMA’s focus on protecting gamers.”

This last line reflects the thoughts of PlayStation CEO Jim Ryan in early September. He directs Xbox’s offer to keep Call of Duty on PlayStation for the next three years and said that the deal is “inadequate in many ways” and that “Microsoft’s offer with Sony undermines the core”.

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GamesIndustry also received a statement from Microsoft regarding PlayStation comments on Call of Duty exclusivity. “Microsoft does not make sense to remove Call of Duty from the PlayStation due to its leading position in the console market,” said Microsoft, which also defended the repeated promises of Xbox boss Phil Spencer and Microsoft president Brad Smith.

Microsoft’s purchase of Sony from Activision resulted in a $70 billion loss. And they still have to deal with a lot of bureaucracy and a few valuable IPs from both the Xbox and PlayStation lineup.

 

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