Antitrust authorities on both sides of the Atlantic continue to investigate a potential $69 billion deal between Microsoft and Activision Blizzard that would allow Xbox to gain control of franchises such as Call of Duty, Warcraft, Candy Crush and more. At the same time, Microsoft says that it is more interested in mobile gaming, which is now dominated by Tencent and other Chinese companies.
One of the main opponents of the deal is Sony, Microsoft’s main competitor in the gaming console market. Sony and Google are known to have expressed concerns to regulators that if the deal is approved, Microsoft could gain too much control over the gaming industry if it decides to make games like Call of Duty exclusives to its platforms.
In turn, Microsoft says that it has no plans to remove Call of Duty from the PlayStation consoles. The company offered Sony a three-year contract guaranteeing the release of Call of Duty on the PlayStation, but was refused. But the story didn’t end there.
The New York Times informsthat Microsoft has revised its offer and is now ready to sign an agreement for 10 years. Sony representatives declined to comment on this information, but said that Microsoft has a “history of dominance” in different industries, and the successful completion of the deal will leave players with no choice.