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Microsoft is trying to get rid of the ailing publisher Activision Blizzard beginning to hit serious roadblocks. The software giant is forced to take part in a series of concessions and give a chance for the deal to stop.
One of these is a series of promises made by competing platform owners that, if Microsoft was successful with its purchase, the bestseller call of Duty would still be on their systems for the next ten years (at least). The offer was well received by Valve and recognized by Nintendo, but Sony, Microsoft’s main competitor in the console space, isn’t supposedly so enthusiastic.
Sony understands what this means. They aren’t going to miss out on the activision sale, Microsoft knows. This is why Microsoft is increasingly frustrated with PlayStation.
Many of this frustration could be explained through this report about Bloomberg. More on the phone and demand that games will still be on PlayStation as standalone games for at least the next decade Retail and the Xbox One telegram (as well as others) and that the gaming series could also be offered through the PlayStation Plus subscription service.
Microsofts GamePass has dramatically changed the game landscape in the past few years. Many people just assumed that placing the call of Duty series on Xboxs subscription platform at Sonys expense would’ve been one of the driving forces behind the entire Activision purchase in the first place.
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So this report certainly is surprise, if true. It is important to note that this isn’t a new addition to the promise made to sweeten the deal for a reluctant rival; Bloomberg said the gameThe Station Plus aspect was part of the original 10-year deal, which Sony clearly didn’t make the original offer, some if Microsoft’s three-year Promise rebuffed.
The FTC are also angry about Microsofts attempts to buy Activision. All but the European Union who opened an exhaustive investigation into the proposed deal, say in a statement: “It doesn’t matter what the future of the uk like this”.
The preliminary investigation by the Commission shows that the merger could impede significant competition in the markets for the distribution of console and PC games, including multi-game subscription services, and/or cloud games streaming services, and PC operating systems.
The preliminary investigation shows that Microsoft is likely to have the ability and potential economic incentive to use such a strategy against Microsofts competing console console video game distributors.
In the US, meanwhile, there is a Competition and Markets Authority examining the deal and said that the concentration will likely drive a huge reduction in competition in some or more UK markets for goods or services.