The fight between Microsoft and Europe, for the deal of the acquisition of Activision Blizzard, keep bringing out new twists.
In fact, after the attempted acquisition of the Call of Duty publisher, with Modern Warfare 2 always available on Amazon at the best price, the tech world unleashed against Microsoft.
Bodies such as the Federal Trade Commission are working very hard to study the maneuver and avoid problems.
While Sony and Microsoft continue to battle, with the Japanese company which recently severely attacked its US rival, the US company continues with its moves.
As reported by Reuters, in an article with limited access reported by us at Gameshift.it, it seems that Microsoft is ready to give something to Europe in order to conclude the deal for the acquisition of Activision Blizzard.
The European Commission is in fact among the regulatory bodies which, recently, he proved to be more stubborn in wanting to control the deal, so much so that even Activision was forced to take a stand.
After the aforementioned attack by Sony which explicitly mentions a monopoly risk, the level of attention has risen even further.
For this reason, according to Reuters sources, Microsoft seems to be ready to give up important parts of the agreement in order to be able to complete it and avoid further formal objections from the EU antitrust regulator.
The concession in question from Microsoft would effectively consist of that 10-year license agreement not only for the Call of Duty vis-à-vis PlayStation, according to a source with knowledge of the story (the same one that had already emerged some time ago).
This could be just one of the concessions that the Redmond company could ultimately make, as the company declares its readiness to collaborate with the European Commission, according to a spokesman :
“Sony, as an industry leader, says they are concerned about Call of Duty, but we have said that we are committed to making the same game available on the same day on both Xbox and PlayStation. We want people to have more access to games, not less.”
The story will certainly last a little longer and, just as surely, this won’t be the last twist. By the way, for example, PlayStation Plus has also tried to port its games to Xbox in the past, it has been revealed.