Aimed as much to appease Sony as regulators around the world, this deal was drafted on November 11 and seems more generous than the vague commitments mentioned so far. Sony has not commented on this new proposal, the New York Times notes.
It should be remembered that of the 16 governments studying the stakes of such an acquisition, only Saudi Arabia and Brazil have so far given the green light (Serbia is about to join them, according to Microsoft), while entities such as the EU Commission and that The Competition and Markets Authority in the United Kingdom has launched an in-depth Phase II review that could last until March 2023. In the United States, the Antitrust Commission (FTC) is studying the case carefully and has yet to comment publicly, but its Lina Khan has been tough. on tech giants in the past, including Amazon.
It is important to note that the fact that the agreement proposed by Microsoft is limited in time corresponds to a certain logic. As Remember lawyer Richard Hoeg, an agreement of this type can never be signed indefinitely. Sony knows this and therefore has to deal with the risk of seeing Microsoft refuse to extend this agreement after 10 years. But for now, the manufacturer remains in its role as chief opponent and continues to hope that regulators prevent the takeover from happening.
A long-term commitment to appease
“The idea that we could write a contract with the word ‘forever’ in it is a little ridiculous, but I have no problem making a long-term commitment that suits Sony and the regulators“, Phil Spencer had commented a few days ago at the microphone on the site The Verge.
According to the New York Times, Microsoft accuses Sony of wanting to mislead the competition authority by overestimating Call of Duty’s importance to the viability of its Japanese rival. And while it might be an exaggeration to think that the loss of Call of Duty would spell the immediate demise of the PlayStation empire, the record performance of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, which generated a billion dollars in revenue in 10 days, came as a reminder of how irreplaceable Call of Duty remains in the market. Recently, Call of Duty: Warzone 2.0 came to show its big numbers by reporting 25 million players within five days.
Contacted by The New York Times, Jim Ryan offered a response by rejecting the idea that his company would try to deceive regulators. The CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment describes Microsoft as “tech giant that has a long history of dominating industries“and esteem”very likely the choices players have today will disappear if this deal goes through.“
For his part, the tendency of Phil Spencer is to explain everywhere that the main issue in this acquisition project does not revolve around the future of Call of Duty. Microsoft’s primary goal in spending $69 billion is primarily to become a mobile giant as quickly as possible. In addition to the prediction Candy Crush and the many Blizzard projects that began with the release of Diablo Immortal, Activision Blizzard’s expansion plans on iOS and Android also include some Call of Duty: Warzone Mobile. Believing that all roads lead to Kalof.
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