The games in the series Call of Duty they cannot be included in the catalog of Xbox Game Pass for “several years”, even if the acquisition of Activision Blizzard by Microsoft went through, due to the shrewdness stipulated between Sony and Irvine’s company. This was revealed by the Redmond giant in a document sent to the English CMA.
“The agreement between Activision Blizzard and Sony includes restrictions that prevent Activision Blizzard from positioning Call of Duty games on Game Pass for several years,” the document reads.
As reported in a previous news, we now know for sure that the agreements in place between Sony PlayStation and Activision Blizzard will be valid until 2024, this means that until then the games of the Call of Duty series will probably not be included in the Game Pass catalog. for PC and console.
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Furthermore, Microsoft’s offer made to Sony to extend the brand’s stay on PlayStation consoles for at least another three years, or until 2027, seems to be still valid. At the moment, however, we do not know if this agreement also concerns the publication of the Call of Duty games on the Game Pass. After all, in September Phil Spencer had declared: “the maneuver is still in progress, but when the procedures are complete, the Call of Duty series will be integrated into the Game Pass”.
The long document sent by Microsoft responded point by point to the concerns of the English antitrust, also highlighting some contradictions of the English antitrust, which seems more motivated to defend Sony than consumers.