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Activision Reveals Why Sony Keeps Rejecting Microsoft’s Offer

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Sunday, March 12, 2023 at 04:00 AM

There was a difference of opinion Microsoft And with its previous purchase of Activision Blizzard-developed Call of Duty, Sony is concerned that the Windows developer might make the game an Xbox exclusive.

But those claims backfired after Microsoft announced multi-year deals with Nintendo and Nvidia. The company offered Sony a 10-year deal but turned it down for unknown reasons, but Activision has an answer.

According to Lulu Cheng Meserve, executive vice president of corporate affairs and director of communications for Activision Blizzard, Sony doesn’t want a deal and wants to block the merger. Get it from us, we gave Sony long-term guaranteed access to Call of Duty, but they keep refusing, why?”

“SIE’s CEO answered that question in Brussels, in his own words: ‘I don’t want a new Call of Duty deal, I want to block your merger,'” said Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) President and CEO Jim Ryan on February 21. He said those words that day.

Microsoft defends Activision Blizzard deal

The date and location of Meservey’s tweet is significant because Microsoft Chairman Brad Smith defended his $69 billion acquisition of the video game company at an EU hearing in Brussels on February 21. Smith also said Sony did not respond to the 10-year license. He carries the contracted envelope with him.

Is Sony’s story changing?

Initially, Sony said that Microsoft’s purchase of Activision Blizzard would hurt competition because the company would develop Call of Duty games exclusively for Xbox. However, Microsoft’s deals with Nintendo and Nvidia trumped those claims.

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Sony has raised concerns in its latest story that the Windows maker may be undermining the PlayStation game in terms of quality and performance compared to the Xbox. It should be noted that Sony’s current deal with Activision for Call of Duty expires in 2024. The European Commission will announce a decision on the takeover on April 25. It is reported that the agreement is close to approval.