In the ongoing fight for what is tolerable for Microsoft’s effort to acquire Activision Blizzard for roughly $70 billion, obstacles continue to arise amid the legal battle across the globe. From Sony Interactive Entertainment, and understandably, the PlayStation firm is adamant to block the deal. Even in one instance listed a handful of demands in which it would allow the deal to be processed.
Elsewhere, Microsoft Gaming CEO Phil Spencer shared he sent a letter to President & CEO Jim Ryan expressing interest to continue the arrangement between Activision and PlayStation. It was said to be roughly three years. However, Ryan in a separate interview disclosed the attempt from Microsoft to be “inadequate” as a response to its ambitions.
According to a new story from The New York Times, Microsoft’s new arrangement to continue shipping Call of Duty on PlayStation is to be for another decade if the acquisition gets approved fully. “The first call Satya and I made after the deal was announced was to the C.E.O. of Sony to say ‘Hey, we’re going to keep Call of Duty on your platform’”, a statement from Spencer shares.
It is no secret that Microsoft has ambitions from the deal to fulfill its always hungry Xbox Game Pass. Spencer early on shared his excitement for the deal with the number of unused IP currently vaulted at Activision. Additionally, Spencer separately explained the main focus is the established mobile/PC platforms under the publisher is a large focal point for the buyout.
Over the past month, Spencer has contextualized more grasp on the future of Call of Duty. In one statement, he told the plan is to make the IP like Minecraft with Nintendo Switch being included. Another report also indicated that Call of Duty will be on PlayStation as long as the platform stands. You can read the full report by heading here.
What are your thoughts on the deal following this new report?
Source: The New York Times