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Call of Duty will become an Xbox exclusive in THREE years, Sony says

SONY is desperate to block a $69bn (£60bn) deal that will see publisher Xbox buy Activision Blizzard, owner of the Call of Duty series.

While there are fears that a large purchase would give Xbox an unfair share of the gaming market, many countries have allowed the deal.

The UK courts are currently evaluating the deal, and Sony has said that Xbox intends to make Call of Duty exclusive to its console in just three years.

Xbox has previously stated that it has no plans to make Call of Duty an exclusive game and will continue to sell games across all platforms.

The company even hit back at PlayStation, accusing the company of offering money to studios to ban their games from Xbox Game Pass.

Activision Blizzard currently has a contract with the PlayStation for the next three years.

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This means that Call of Duty will be released on PlayStation in at least three years, and these players will get games like Modern Warfare 2 days earlier than Xbox owners.

According to the Financial Times, Microsoft President Brad Smith went on to say that the company has no plans to sell Call of Duty on fewer platforms.

He says: “Sony, as an industry leader, says they are worried about Call of Duty, but we have stated that we are committed to making the same game available on the same day on Xbox and PlayStation.

“We want people to have more access to games, not less. »

However, Jim Ryan, president of Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE), says Xbox will only keep that promise until the end of its three-year contract.

Ryan told the courts, “I didn’t intend to comment on what I understood to be a private business discussion, but I feel the need to clarify because Phil Spencer (CEO of Microsoft Gaming) presented this to a public forum. .

“Microsoft has only offered Call of Duty to stay on PlayStation for three years after the current deal between Activision and Sony ends. »

He went on to call the Xbox plans “inadequate in many ways and didn’t consider their impact on our players.”

He added: “We want to ensure that PlayStation players continue to enjoy the highest quality Call of Duty, and Microsoft’s proposal undermines that principle. »

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Because this is the largest single agreement the gaming industry has ever seen, it must be approved by courts around the world before it can move forward.

Getting permission in the UK will be another step forward for the deal.

Written by Georgina Young on behalf of GL HF.

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