The Ras-le-bol offer.
In January of last year, Microsoft made the thunder resound with an extraordinary acquisition. That of Activision Blizzard King to the tune of $68.7 billion. An astronomical amount to afford one of the biggest video game companies in the world, whose catalog is breathtaking, both in terms of licenses and studios: Diablo, Overwatch, World of Warcraft, candy destruction, Crash Bandicoot, Infinity Ward, Beenox, Toys for Bob, Sledge hammernaturally Blizzard… and some call of duty…
A Call of Duty, which since this announcement is the result of a war between Microsoft and a Sony that fears losing one of the games that achieves exceptional numbers on PS4 and PS5. The proof, at the end of October, The PlayStation Twitter account congratulations Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II (a fortiori very nice) to achieve the biggest launch in franchise history on the PlayStation Store. Proof that the stakes for Sony are colossal.
Because afraid of the thought of seeing Microsoft lock the license exclusively, which at the same time puts the Japanese giant in difficulties, Sony has started several procedures to prevent this sale of almost 70 billion from being realized. . And since then, Microsoft has been embroiled in cases with the various global regulatory agencies, which are pushing back their decision to validate or not the transaction.
Yet Phil Spencer, the Xbox boss, has never stopped proclaiming his desire to see Microsoft continue to carry the Call of Duty license on Sony’s media, arguing that to deprive itself of such financial means would reveal profound incompetence income. When the company explained that Sony already has an agreement for the next three years, the company did not see what to do more, did not hesitate to show its teeth and criticized the attitude of a Sony, which was not the last to break the exclusivity strategy.
Fed up with this situation, Phil Spencer recently spoke out and explained his position again by The Vergea position where he again pointed to Sony’s request:
“It’s not about pulling the rug out from under the PlayStation 7 and laughing and saying ‘you haven’t signed a contract long enough!’ “. There is just no contract that says “forever”. “
“This idea that we’re entering into a contract that uses the words ‘forever,’ I think it’s silly. But signing a long-term contract that Sony feels comfortable with, I have no problem with that.”
Seemingly putting an end to the administrative problems that prevented the company from moving forward in this transaction, which concerns much more than Call of Duty, Phil Spencer thus opened the door to a longer-term deal, in line with his wishes to leave call of duty on playstation.
And it is today that we learn thanks to New York Times that Microsoft would have approached Sony stiffly to offer a contract that ensures Sony will keep Call of Duty on its machines for the next ten years. A more than significant offer that Sony has refrained from commenting on.
From now on, if the Japanese company rejects this proposal, it may well be that the takeover ofActivision Blizzard King by Microsoft approved by the regulatory authorities. Because, conversely, by again rejecting the offer, it is Sony who would block Microsoft in its strategy and its development Xbox Game Pass.
To be continued…