Microsoft has confirmed that the popular Call of Duty (COD) game title will be available to PlayStation gamers for many years to come. This update has been shared as Sony has an existing agreement with Activision for marketing purposes which includes providing games on its gaming platform.
But Microsoft Gaming CEO Phil Spencer said in a report this week that the company plans to serve PlayStation gamers for many years beyond its existing deal with Sony.
“In January, we provided a signed agreement to Sony to guarantee Call of Duty on PlayStation, with feature and content parity, for at least several additional years beyond the current Sony contract, an offer that goes well beyond beyond typical gaming industry deals, Spencer said, quoted in a report by The edge.
Microsoft had officially announced the acquisition of Activision Blizzard in a mammoth $68.7 billion deal earlier this year. Spencer had spoken about Microsoft’s continued partnership with Sony to bring the popular game titles to PlayStation gamers. Interestingly, Microsoft Gaming’s CEO didn’t mention exactly how many years the game will be available for Sony PS gamers.
Sony has expressed concerns about the deal, alleging that Microsoft may have more of a say in which consoles do well in the market.
The prospect of having game titles distributed internally could allow Microsoft to customize them to work effectively on the Xbox console. Microsoft, for its part, has denied the allegations and says it will continue to serve the gaming industry in an open and fair manner.
The move to offer COD on PlayStation feels like one of those moves to appease competition, regulators, and consumers. But it will have to move in that direction in the years to come, as control is unlikely to die out any time soon.
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