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Sony Interactive Entertainment CEO Jim Ryan in an interview with GamesIndustry.biz statedthat Microsoft has offered Sony to extend the agreement to release new games in the Call of Duty series on the PlayStation for another three years after the end of Sony’s current agreement with Activision Blizzard. PlayStation management considers this condition unacceptable.
“I didn’t mean to comment on what I understood to be a private business conversation, but I feel the need to clear things up because Phil Spencer has taken this out into the public space,” Ryan said.
“Microsoft has offered to keep Call of Duty on PlayStation for only three years after the end of the current agreement between Activision and Sony. After almost 20 years of Call of Duty on PlayStation, their offer is unacceptable in many ways and doesn’t take into account the implications for our gamers. We want to ensure that PlayStation users can continue to enjoy high-quality Call of Duty games, and Microsoft’s proposal undermines that principle.”
Recall that the deal between Microsoft and Activision Blizzard is currently being evaluated by regulators around the world, and it is not yet certain that it will be approved. For example, the UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has expressed concerns about the deal and intends to conduct an in-depth investigation into a potential takeover of Activision Blizzard by Microsoft. The deal has so far only been approved by the Saudi Arabian authorities.