This week, the UK regulator CMA will be scrutinizing the deal between Microsoft and Activision Blizzard. Notably, Sony responded to this decision.stating that he welcomes it, and noting that “the deal will have serious negative consequences for gamers and the future of the gaming industry.”
It can be assumed that Sony is very afraid of losing the Call of Duty series, which is hugely popular with PlayStation users. Despite the fact that Microsoft has already stated that making Call of Duty an Xbox exclusive is not profitable for it, Sony continues to hint at the potential “harm to gamers” that the merger brings with it.
Famous journalist and insider Jez Corden criticized Sony and made the assumption that its fear is not related to the loss of Call of Duty. What it’s really connected to is Game Pass. According to Corden, Sony is afraid that gamers will get more benefits from Microsoft’s service, and she herself will lose the ability to dictate the rules.
Corden is confident that the deal between Microsoft and Activision Blizzard will only benefit the industry. In addition, looking at Minecraft, The Elder Scrolls Online and Fallout 76, one can draw conclusions about how Microsoft will handle Call of Duty on the PlayStation.
But Sony executives and shareholders will draw some conclusions when they see their influence on price dictation and anti-competitive practices like blocking crossplay weaken.
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