Remember that a few months ago Microsoft announced the purchase of Activision-Blizzard for the net sum of 68.7 billion dollars. An acquisition that is still subject to validation and could allow Microsoft to get its hands on some prestigious licenses, starting with Call of Duty, of course. Forced to defend this future acquisition with the competent authorities, Microsoft agrees to provide various information regarding the “console war”.
For Microsoft, “Sony is the market leader”
In fact, last August Microsoft officially indicated: “Sony has overtaken Microsoft in console sales and installed base, having sold more than twice as many PS4s (as Xbox One) in the last generation“. With a PS4 flirting with 120 million in sales, we therefore deduced that Xbox One sales should therefore be between 50 and 60 million.
Faced with the European Commission, Microsoft is once again obliged to explain this upcoming acquisition, to reassure the authorities… and create new confidence. The organization has until March 23, 2023 to make its decision, naturally taking into account the information provided by the American giant, and will therefore have to decide whether the operation is likely to significantly reduce competition in the distribution markets for video games for consoles and PC.
On the Sony side, we’re obviously worried about Call of Duty, but Microsoft recently wanted to reassure the crowds by saying: “Sony is the market leader“. A new confidence from Microsoft therefore, which no longer hesitates to publicly indicate (and it is of course in its interest) the dominance of its Japanese rival.
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—Tom Warren (@tomwarren) 8 November 2022
In addition, Microsoft has reconfirmed its desire to make Call of Duty games available on Xbox of course, but also on PlayStation, without any exclusivity for the home console. Microsoft reiterates that everyone will be entitled to their new “Blow off” at the same time. Phew!
We’ll have to wait a few more months to find out if Microsoft’s takeover of Activision-Blizzard will actually be approved. There is no doubt that we on Sony’s side will do everything to try to derail the operation with the various competition authorities. Judgment is therefore expected in the first quarter of 2023. In the meantime, you can still enjoy the latest Call of Duty, regardless of whether you play on Xbox or PS5.