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Microsoft’s takeover of Activision-Blizzard-King is not progressing. Things could even get worse: the Federal Trade Commission (FTC, the US competition authority) is about to launch a lawsuit to block the takeover. Current FTC chief Lina Khan does not hold big tech boxes close to her heart, so much so that Amazon and Facebook had unsuccessfully requested that she not be part of the cases regarding those boxes because of its positions on the subject in the past .

At the center of the debate is, of course, Call Of Duty. It should be said that on November 7, Activision announced that Modern Warfare II had brought in $800 million in three days, a record for the license. In 10 days, the sequel to the Infinity Ward reboot hit the billion mark. On November 11, Microsoft made an attractive offer to Sony: to guarantee that CoD would remain on PlayStation for 10 years. Sony hasn’t commented on the offer in question, but we’re curious to know the terms. Does this include releasing CoDs on PlayStation on the same day as Xbox? What about Game Pass?

To allay the concerns of the CMA (UK FTC), Microsoft is trying a different approach. The producer explains that even if CoD became an exclusive, it would not change anything because “Sony has more exclusives than Microsoft and often of better quality. […] Games developed in-house at Sony and Nintendo are among the best-selling games in Europe and the world.” The quality aspect is debatable, and we let fanboys kill each other, but the quantity aspect is especially true this year. the fact that Xbox Game Studios has 23 in- house studios, they released only one new game in 2022: Pentiment Meanwhile Sony sold 5 million God Of War Ragnarok in 5 days and Nintendo sold 10 million Pokémon Purple/Scarlet in three days.

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