Xbox vs PlayStation: The latest developments in Microsoft’s proposed acquisition of Activision Blizzard
Microsoft’s $69 billion deal to acquire Activision Blizzard, one of the biggest video game publishers in the world, is facing an antitrust investigation by regulators in as many as 16 countries. The Satya Nadella-led software behemoth has been working to get approval from regulators in the US and Europe to compete for its January agreement to take over the video gaming giant. But Sony, perhaps the biggest name in the gaming world, has raised objections which it claims will lose access to the hit Call of Duty franchise if Microsoft scoops up Activision Blizzard. Sony has more ‘exclusive’ games than Xbox does In its attempt to convince the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), which is conducting an in-depth review of Microsoft’s planned purchase of Activision Blizzard, the Redmond company said Sony’s first-party games “are better quality.” The argument has weight to it because console exclusives are critical to the success of the console in the long run. “In addition to being the dominant console provider, Sony is also a powerful game publisher,” Microsoft wrote in its response to the CMA.
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