If a few days ago we announced that Microsoft had won the lawsuit against the FTCleaving him free to finalize the acquisition of Activision Blizzardnow we know an important agreement with sony. This agreement is of vital importance, and it is worth mentioning that if there has been a stir in the acquisition, it is solely due to Sony and its fear of losing its goose that laid the golden eggs: Call of Duty.
After winning the lawsuit, Microsoft will become the owner of such relevant franchises as Call of Duty, Spyro the Dragon or Crash Bandicoot. Sagas that have been very popular on the PlayStation platform. Now, after confirming the defeat of Sony, we know that the company finally has accepted an agreement with Xbox about the future of Call of Duty on PlayStation consoles.
Phil Spencer confirms that Sony has signed an agreement to guarantee his access to Call of Duty
He was the CEO of Microsoft’s gaming division himself, Phil Spencerwho communicated on his official Twitter account that Microsoft and PlayStation have signed an agreement to keep Call of Duty on PlayStation consoles.
“We are pleased to announce that Microsoft and PlayStation have entered into a binding agreement to keep Call of Duty on PlayStation following the acquisition of Activision Blizzard. We look forward to a future where gamers around the world have more options to play their favorite games.
We are pleased to announce that Microsoft and @PlayStation have signed a binding agreement to keep Call of Duty on PlayStation following the acquisition of Activision Blizzard. We look forward to a future where players globally have more choice to play their favorite games.
— Phil Spencer (@XboxP3) July 16, 2023
As was logical to expect, any information about what this agreement entails has not been released. Logic indicates that this agreement is the same that Xbox has already offered to the rest of the industry. This consists of ensuring that will have access to Call of Duty for the next 10 years after the acquisition is completed.
You have to remember that in the past, Microsoft/Xbox offered a deal to Sony and she did not accept it. The reason was obvious: hoping the FTC would bring him better luck. with your demand. Now that Microsoft has the go-ahead to complete the acquisition, finally Sony has signed the agreement to avoid putting the future of Call of Duty on PlayStation at risk.
This agreement confirms that Microsoft will close the acquisition of Activision Blizzard
After this agreement was announced, it is clear that next week we could even have the announcement that Microsoft has formalized the acquisition of Activision Blizzard. After the FTC’s lawsuit was dismissed, Microsoft has no impediment to formalize the purchase.
If we add to this that Sony has finally signed the agreement, it is evident that the Japanese company has already seen that it is impossible to stop the acquisition. Given this, all that remains is to bow your head and sEsports Extrasan agreement that guarantees that Call of Duty continues to reach your PlayStation consoles.
On the other hand, it only remains open a dispute with the UK that Microsoft is working on. This dispute only affects that country, so if an agreement is not reached, Microsoft could stop selling its games there as a preventive action until a solution is reached. For now his priority is to close the acquisition of Activision Blizzard.