Sony responded to questions from CADE, Brazil’s antitrust authority, and raised concerns about Microsoft and its Game Pass.
Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard, and the record-breaking amount for that acquisition, caused a stir a few months ago.
After this announcement, the video game industry began to be wary of the ever-increasing position that Microsoft was beginning to take, and basically Sony, the owner of the PlayStation, was talking about it the most. According to a report sent to CADE, Brazil’s antitrust authority, Sony is wary of Call of Duty’s entry into the Xbox catalog and the war machine that Game Pass has become.
Sony talks about the appearance of Call of Duty in the Xbox catalog
As we explained to you earlier, Sony answered various questions in a document in Portuguese (source) sent to the Brazilian antitrust authority and expressed its concerns about the appearance of Call of Duty in the Xbox catalog. Here’s what the manufacturer and publisher had to say about it:
Activision’s Call of Duty is a must-have: a blockbuster, AAA game that has no competition. According to a 2019 study: “The importance of Call of Duty to entertainment in general is indescribable. The brand was the only video game intellectual property to make it into the top 10 fanatic entertainment brands, joining such giants as Star Wars, Game of Thrones, Harry Potter and The Lord of the Rings. The console’s choice and its network of loyal users are so ingrained that even if a competitor had the budget to develop a similar product, they couldn’t compete.
As you can read, Sony finds it impossible to compete with the license even if we were trying to develop a game with a similar budget, Call of Duty is so popular and has a loyal audience. In passing, we remind you that the next game under the license, COD Modern Warfare 2, will not be available on Game Pass, at least when it is released, but this may not be the case for future Call of Duty games, hence Sony’s dangerous logic. .
Sony speaks out on Xbox Game Pass
In the same document, Sony also expressed concerns about Game Pass. According to them, Game Pass manages to capture 60-70% of the global subscription services market and about 70-80% in Brazil when it comes to PC subscriptions. He also explained that in 2020, Game Pass had 10 million subscribers after the takeover of ZeniMax (the group that owns Bethesda and its subsidiaries), but this number of subscribers increased to 25 million after the announcement of the takeover by Activision, which is a huge increase. .
Therefore, Sony is logically wary of the appearance of Call of Duty in the Game Pass, because then it will say goodbye to perhaps 25 million players and especially to the license, which has brought it a lot of money in recent years. Of course, we remind you that the takeover of Activision Blizzard is not yet complete as the FTC, the Federal Trade Commission, has to confirm the publisher’s Xbox takeover.