Sony and Microsoft have signed a 10-year deal for Call of Duty on the Sony Playstation, and the deal is expected to help Microsoft finalize its takeover of Activision Blizzard that has been blocked by some regulators including the UK’s CMA. It has also been audited by the US Federal Trade Commission and others.
Microsoft’s Phil Spencer announced the news on Twitter, and the length of the deal was not revealed in the tweet, although it was confirmed to The Verge by Kari Perez, Xbox’s head of global communications. Microsoft originally offered a deal with Sony through 2027.
We are pleased to announce that Microsoft and @Play Station signed a binding agreement to keep Call of Duty on PlayStation following the acquisition by Activision Blizzard. We look forward to a future where gamers around the world have more options to play their favorite games.
– Phil Spencer (@XboxP3) July 16, 2023
Microsoft previously signed a 10-year deal with Nintendo and now they’ve signed this new deal with Sony, we suppose that should be enough to keep the various regulators happy and allow the Activision Blizzard takeover to move forward. The deal has already been approved by EU regulators, so perhaps these changes will also help get it approved by the various other regulators who have blocked it.
The deal between Microsoft and Activision was initially announced in January of 2022 and is worth $68.7 billion, and it will be interesting to see if it is finalized now.
Source: The Verge
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