The industry giants have made peace… for now.
Last January, Microsoft announced the purchase of Activision Blizzard for $68.7 billion. This acquisition was a big move in the video game industry, as Activision Blizzard is the owner of some of the world’s most successful franchises, such as Call of Duty, World of Warcraft and Diablo.
Despite the great concern among gamers and PlayStation executives, it seems that it will not go any further. Yesterday, Phil Spencer himself announced an agreement with Sony to keep Call of Duty on PlayStation consoles.
One step closer to the purchase of Activision Blizzard
One of the main doubts that arose after the announcement was whether Call of Duty games would continue to be released on PlayStation consoles, as it is a multiplatform series that generates billions of dollars every year. Sony fans feared that Microsoft could turn Call of Duty into an Xbox and PC exclusive, leaving out a large part of the market.
However, it seems those fears have been allayed, at least for the time being. Following an announcement from Xbox boss Phil Spencer, they have confirmed the intention to keep Call of Duty on the platforms where it is already available; including PlayStation consoles.
Spencer has stated that he respects the existing agreements between Activision Blizzard and Sony, and that he does not want to break the relationship between gamers and their favorite games. The agreement between Microsoft and Sony states that upcoming Call of Duty games will be available on PlayStation consoles for years to come. However, it is estimated that it will be a 10-year exclusive like the agreement with Nintendo.
The agreement between Microsoft and Sony is good news for PlayStation gamers, as they will be able to continue enjoying one of the most popular games in the world. In addition, the agreement is also good news for Microsoft. Ensuring that the purchase of Activision Blizzard will finally go through.