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Sony would have seen the European Commission on Microsoft’s takeover of Activision | Xbox One

When Microsoft announced last January its intention to buy Activision Blizzard for $68.7 billion, we imagined that this would not be an easy acquisition and that it would inevitably react to its main competitors. Among them we naturally find Sony, which would have met the EU Commission to try to intervene.

Sony is not giving up

As we can read in the columns of Seekingalpha, reporting sources from Dealreporter, Sony would have met the European Commission on September 8.

It was Jim Ryan himself who went to Brussels to express his concerns about Microsoft’s takeover of Activision Blizzard.

As a reminder, it is especially the Call of Duty franchise, very lucrative for Sony, that is affected by these concerns. Microsoft has already claimed that it will release the next three Call of Duty games on PlayStation consoles, in line with an agreement Sony had with Activision prior to the proposed takeover.

Phil Spencer then suggested that Call of Duty would stay on PlayStation for another three years after the deal ended, a suggestion that Jim Ryan deemed “inadequate”, as he said last September, presumably just before heading to Belgium .


Also, according to Seekingalpha, Sony wouldn’t be the only one concerned about the dominant position Microsoft could gain if this takeover were validated. Google is also said to be concerned about the transaction and has reported its concerns to regulators.

Google announced the day before yesterday that it stopped Google Stadia. January 18, 2023 will mark the end of the giant’s streaming gaming service, which has also specified that it will refund all games and equipment purchased by players.

There is no doubt that Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard worries beyond Gaming and Xbox’s leadership in Cloud Gaming, enhanced by Xbox Game Pass, could also have pushed Google to make this decision. .

As a reminder, the European Commission has until November 8 to make a decision on the transaction. See you in a little over a month.



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