Following Microsoft's claim that it offered Sony a 10-year contract to keep Call of Duty on PlayStation, the company's President, Brad Smith, has confirmed the offer today through an opinion piece. In his words, Microsoft "offered Sony a 10-year contract to make each new Call of Duty release available on PlayStation the same day it comes to Xbox."
Smith wrote his piece for the Wall Street Journal. Overall, it aimed to discuss the positives of the Activision-Blizzard acquisition for Microsoft, saying it would be "good for gamers." Furthermore, he stated Microsoft wants to "compete against more powerful companies through innovation" and not harm fellow competitors.
As we all know, Sony is not having any of that. As you probably expected, Smith talked about Sony's consistent anticompetitive arguments of how Microsoft would make CoD an Xbox exclusive IP, calling them the "loudest objector" to the proposed deal since its inception.
In response to Sony's claims, Smith says it "would be economically irrational" to stop making CoD available on the PlayStation. Smith continues: "A vital part of Activision Blizzard's Call of Duty revenue comes from PlayStation game sales. Given the popularity of cross-play, it would also be disastrous to the Call of Duty franchise and Xbox itself, alienating millions of gamers."
According to Smith's statements, this was the driving reason why Microsoft offered Sony a 10-year contract. "We're open to providing the same commitment to other platforms and making it legally enforceable by regulators in the US, UK, and European Union."
Sony still hasn't confirmed whether they received the offer or not.
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