Microsoft’s intention to buy Activision Blizzard continues to generate a lot of ink. While some areas have validated the transaction, others continue to investigate. This is particularly the case with the UK CMA, which in the second phase of its investigation remains concerned about Microsoft’s dominant position and the impact on certain franchises such as Call of Duty.
An agreement to delay the arrival of Call of Duty in Xbox Game Pass
The Redmond company recently responded to this fear, and this was also an opportunity to confirm some things.
In the document submitted by Microsoft in response to the CMA, we can read that Sony and Activision have an agreement to prevent the arrival of Call of Duty games in Xbox Game Pass for several years.
This refers in particular to
tweet by Phil Spencer, who confirmed in January that he wanted to “honor all existing agreements during the acquisition of Activision Blizzard” and his desire to keep Call of Duty on PlayStation.
Activision Blizzard’s agreement with Sony includes restrictions on Activision Blizzard’s ability to place Call of Duty titles on Game Pass for a number of years
If the takeover was confirmed, it would therefore naturally be necessary to wait several years before seeing Call of Duty games arrive in Xbox Game Pass.
Keep in mind that the UK will deliver its verdict on the takeover in March 2023, while the FTC may decide at the end of November. The European Union, for its part, announced the launch of its investigation at the beginning of October.
There is still a long way to go before this takeover is validated and there is no doubt that we will still have the opportunity to talk about it many times.