Now Xbox Has Accused Sony Of “Inhibiting Growth” Of Its Subscription Service

The back-and-forth between Microsoft and Sony only continues.

Aspen Pash
By Aspen Pash, News Editor August 11, 2022
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To start with a small timeline of events, it all began when Sony commented that Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard would result in players jumping to Xbox for CoD. Contrary to Sony’s belief, Microsoft doesn't seem to want to restrict Activision Blizzard games and wants to continue to have them on multiple platforms as doing it any other way wouldn't be profitable.

However, now the new problem is that Microsoft is claiming that Sony pays developers for “blocking rights” in return for them agreeing to not put their content on its Xbox Game Pass subscription service. Microsoft goes on to say that: “Indeed, Microsoft’s ability to continue expanding Game Pass has been obstructed by Sony’s desire to inhibit such growth. Sony pays for ‘blocking rights’ to prevent developers from adding content to Game Pass and other competing subscription services.”

Microsoft also claims that Sony “does not want attractive subscription services to threaten its dominance in the digital distribution market for console games.”

As of now it is unclear where these claims will take us, but with the stories that have been popping up recently, it looks like there will only be more to come.

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Aspen Pash
Aspen Pash, News Editor
Aspen is an avid gamer currently residing in Japan. She is most attracted to games narrative design and is a huge fan of player choice in games. If Aspen is not playing games, she is most certainly writing about them.

Discussion (1)

viper 3 months ago
Both corporations want to seize a vertical monopoly in the long term. At least they're clashing with each other for now instead of stamping out the smaller companies.


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