The question of the acquisition of Activision Blizzard from Microsoft has been in the thoughts of for some time Sonywho doesn’t look kindly on the deal in particular for what could be the consequences on the future of Call of Dutyone of the strongest brands on PlayStation from a commercial perspective.
For the Japanese giant, one of the major concerns is related to the future landing of COD on Xbox Game Pass, which would therefore allow subscribers to be able to access the games of the popular war series in a “free” way, as opposed to the PlayStation consoles on which it would continue to be sold normally and at full price. Sony has raised this issue in a lengthy document sent to CMAthe UK antitrust, also revealing the number of subscribers to Microsoft’s serviceclearly higher than that of the recent one Refurbished PlayStation Plus with subscriptions Extra e Premium.
On page 12 of the document it reads how “Game Pass surpasses PlayStation Plus in a significant way. Microsoft already has a substantial advantage on subscription multi-game services. There are 29 million subscribers to Xbox Game Pass on consoles and to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate , and is expected to grow substantially in the future. PlayStation Plus multiple tiers are considerably behind, with less than XX subscribers compared to Game Pass.”
However, Sony does not reveal how much the number of subscribers to its service are actually lower than the Game Pass, however concluding this specific passage by citing the “danger that Call of Duty represents exclusively for the Game Pass”.
Still according to what emerged from the same document, Sony fears that Microsoft wants to reduce it like Nintendo, thus making it “a less effective competitor for Xbox”. The question therefore still seems very far from a resolution that can work well for the parties involved. According to New York TimesFinally, Microsoft would have offered Sony an agreement to keep COD on PlayStation for another 10 years, which however does not seem to have convinced the Japanese company.