While we're still waiting on an answer from Sony regarding the 10-year Call of Duty contract Microsoft offered them in an attempt to sway favor in the UK and US for the potential purchase of Activision Blizzard, Microsoft has offered the same deal to Nintendo and Valve.
Nintendo, according to Bloomberg (possible paywall), has accepted the offer. The deal is contingent on the Microsoft purchase of Activision completing and has options to extend the deal, should both parties wish to do so, when the contract expires.
Valve was offered the same deal, but Gabe Newell said to Kotaku that the deal wasn't necessary as Steam doesn't want partners to feel like they have to be on Steam under a long-term deal and that an agreement wasn't required since "Phil and the games team at Microsoft have always followed through on what they told us they would do so we trust their intentions."
In the same Bloomberg interview, Phil Spencer took the opportunity to throw a bit of a jab at Sony saying that Sony was really just interested in talking and fighting with regulators and not really interested in an actual deal on future game releases.
Microsoft seems to be doing everything they can to gain favor and goodwill headed into final approvals and is even staying neutral on over 300 QA employees at Zenimax Media attempting to unionize.
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