Microsoft offers 10-year contract to Sony

The takeover announcement d’Activision Blizzard par Microsoft for an amount of $70 billion was almost instantly followed by melodrama around the Call of Duty franchise.

Sony was thus quickly opposed to the Redmond firm getting its hands on the franchise ofActivision which wants to be one of the most profitable in the world, and especially on PlayStation. Every year, Sony makes millions of dollars in Call of Duty revenue over royalties and commissions on in-app purchases, in fact the firm quickly cried out about an attack on competition in the event of a takeover.

Microsoft is therefore increasing its efforts to try to reassure not only Sony but also the different regulators competition around the world who are consulted to validate or not this takeover…


Recently, Phil Spencer announced that there was no reason for Microsoft to lock Call of Duty on its own platforms and that the franchise could be ported without any time limit on PlayStation...

A renewable 10-year contract on the carpet

Finally the New York Times reports that Microsoft would have offered a contract to Sony evoking a duration of 10 years renewable for the porting of all the next Call of Duty on PlayStation.

Sony has not rejected or signed the contract and has not commented on the matter…

From the get-go, Sony has been using the Call of Duty excuse by grossly exaggerating the franchise’s importance to its own ecosystem. The brand presents itself as a victim and a minor player in a market that it nevertheless largely dominates. Several regulators have already estimated that Sony was far too far ahead of the market for the takeover of Activision Blizzard to change anything in the balance of the sector.

In the end, it’s not so much the fear of seeing Call of Duty no longer being ported to PlayStation which worries Sony, but rather the fact of seeing the franchise settle into Xbox Game Pass or benefit benefits (specific content) exclusive to the Xbox environment. A hypocritical situation to say the least since Sony has always negotiated temporary exclusive contracts with Activision for Call of Duty, as well as specific and exclusive content for its consoles in recent years…

Source: GNT – Actualités by

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