For several months, Call of Duty has been at the center of discussions between Xbox and PlayStation, which after the Activision Blizzard deal created some confusion (if so we can say)
The shooter series could actually arrive on Xbox Game Pass (to which you can subscribe on Amazon), representing an added value of weight to the platform of reference.
After Phil Spencer promised not to remove it from the hands of PlayStation, important clarifications are now arriving in this regard.
Now, after it emerged that Microsofr would offer a 10-year contract for the concession of the FPS franchise, the official thing has now arrived.
As also reported by PSU, Microsoft President Brad Smith spoke to the WSJ about his company’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard, confirming that Sony is A 10-year deal has been offered for Call of Duty.
On the same occasion, Smith compared Sony’s enthusiasm for the acquisition to that of Blockbuster during the rise of Netflix and streaming services.
“Sony appeared to be the loudest opponent, it’s as excited about this deal as Blockbuster was about the rise of Netflix,”, Smith said.
Smith goes so far as to place Microsoft as the “small challenger” behind Sony and Nintendo: “Microsoft faces enormous challenges in the gaming industry. Our Xbox remains in third place in the console sector, behind Sony’s PlayStation and the Nintendo Switch. We do not have a significant presence in the mobile gaming sector».
Smith then also railed against Google and Apple regarding the fees paid for the use of digital stores managed by both companies on mobile devices.
Smith then goes on to defend the deal with Activision Blizzard, saying it would be good for gamers and allow Microsoft to better compete with Sony, Nintendo, Tencent and others.
After all, this is an argument that also led the PlayStation boss to directly ask Europe to pay attention to the Xbox acquisition of Activision Blizzard.