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Call of Duty – clearly tired Microsoft offers Sony a 10-year contract

Proposal of races-les-bols.

Last January, Microsoft made a splash with its extraordinary acquisition. This is Activision Blizzard King worth $68.7 billion. An astronomical sum to afford one of the biggest video game companies in the world, whose catalog is breathtaking, both by license and by studio: Diablo, Overwatch, World of Warcraft, Candy Crush, Crash Bandicoot, Infinity Ward, Beenox, Toys for Bob. Slegdhammer, obviously Blizzard… and some Call of Duty…

Call of Duty, which since this announcement is the result of a war between Microsoft and Sony, who are afraid of losing one of the games that have achieved exceptional results on PS4 and PS5. Proof, at the end of October, PlayStation Twitter account praised Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II (and even more so very beautiful) for the biggest launch in franchise history on the PlayStation Store. Proof that the stakes for Sony are colossal.

Because, terrified at the thought of Microsoft blocking the license exclusively, which would also create hardship for the Japanese giant, Sony has taken numerous steps to prevent this nearly $70 billion sale from coming to fruition. And since then, Microsoft has been entangled in litigation with various global regulators that are postponing their decision to approve or reject the deal.

However, Phil Spencer, the boss of Xbox, has never stopped voicing his desire for Microsoft to continue using the Call of Duty license on Sony media, arguing that depriving yourself of such financial income would demonstrate profound incompetence. While explaining that Sony already has an agreement for the next three years, the firm didn’t see what to do next, not shy about baring its teeth, scourge of Sony’s position as not the latest to crack the exclusivity strategy.

Tired of this situation, Phil Spencer recently spoke, again explaining his position on the brinkposition where he again pointed out Sony’s request:

“This is not about pulling the rug out from under the PlayStation 7, laughing and saying, “You didn’t sign the contract long enough!” “. There’s just no contract that says “forever.”

“This idea that we are signing a contract that uses the words “forever” I think is stupid. But with the signing of a long-term contract that Sony feels comfortable with, I have no problem with that. ”

Seemingly wanting to end once and for all the administrative issues preventing the firm from moving forward with this deal, which is about so much more than Call of Duty, Phil Spencer thus opened the door to a longer-term deal, in line with his wishes. leave Call of Duty on PlayStation.

And it is today that we learn, thanks to The New York Times, that Microsoft would have approached Sony on the fly to offer a contract that ensures Sony keeps Call of Duty on its machines for the next ten years. More than a substantial proposal, which Sony refrained from commenting.

Now, if the Japanese firm turns down the offer, it could very well be that Microsoft’s takeover of Activision Blizzard King will be approved by regulators. Because, on the contrary, by refusing the offer again, it is Sony who will block Microsoft in its strategy and development of Xbox Game Pass.

To be continued…

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