Yes, it’s another one of these stories!
Microsoft Vice Chair and President Brad Smith has today been discussing the potential of an FTC lawsuit over the company’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard, confirming in the process that Microsoft has not only offered Sony a 10-year deal to keep Call of Duty on PlayStation, but is willing to make it legally enforceable with various regulators.
In the Wall Street Journal article, Smith explained that it would be a “huge mistake” for the FTC to file a lawsuit, claiming that “it would hurt competition, consumers and thousands of game developers”.
“Blocking our acquisition would make the gaming industry less competitive and gamers worse off.”
Smith called Sony “the loudest objector” to the acquisition, claiming that the company is “as excited about this deal as Blockbuster was about the rise of Netflix”. He also then went on to confirm that a 10-year contract has been offered to Sony to make each Call of Duty game available on PlayStation the same day it comes to Xbox, and Microsoft is happy to make this legally enforceable with regulators in the U.S., U.K. and European Union.
Whether the Federal Trading Commission will actually end up filing a lawsuit remains to be seen, as a recent report appeared to suggest that a “rift” at the FTC may have actually swung things back in Microsoft’s favour.
Regardless of the outcome, it sounds like Microsoft has no issues with guaranteeing Call of Duty’s existence on PlayStation for the long-term, and to be fair, that’s what Xbox’s Phil Spencer has been saying for some time now!