Sony claims Xbox’s Activision deal could ‘hurt developers and lead to price rises’ | VGC

11/23/2022 6:41:00 PM

PlayStation says it's 'confident' the UK regulator will seek to block the acquisition…

Sony has claimed Microsoft's Activision Blizzard deal could hurt developers and lead to price rises in a new response to the UK regulator.

PlayStation says it's 'confident' the UK regulator will seek to block the acquisition…

Activision ’s content, independent developers would all be harmed and Microsoft could increase prices for games, hardware and subscriptions..reported to have flown to Brussels to meet EU regulators and appeal Microsoft's deal in person.We're curating all the best Black Friday PC gaming deals right here The matter took what appeared to be a bit of a personal bent in September, when Xbox boss Phil Spencer said Microsoft had guaranteed Call of Duty releases on PlayStation consoles"for at least several more years beyond the current Sony contract.

“SIE is confident that the CMA’s Phase two inquiry will confirm that the transaction is likely to substantially lessen competition and should be prohibited,” it said.Sony goes on to argue that Call of Duty is “irreplaceable” and that Microsoft’s ownership of it would tip the balance of power so heavily in its favour that, ultimately, PlayStation might be unable to compete.“Once the Warzone 2 ecosystem is fully stable, and after a small development break for Thanksgiving for the developers who observe this US holiday, Warzone is planned to be relaunched as Call of Duty: Warzone Caldera as a separate experience,” it said in a statement at the time.“Microsoft would control irreplaceable content which drives user engagement,” it wrote." Assuming Microsoft is able to clear all regulatory hurdles, its acquisition of Activision Blizzard is expected to complete next summer.“Post-transaction, Microsoft would control Activision content which drives [redacted] times as much user engagement on PlayStation than all of SIE’s best performing first-party titles put together.Until then, Warzone fans are only able to play the sequel.” While Microsoft recently claimed it had offered Sony a deal that would keep the Call of Duty series on PlayStation for a decade , Sony argues that post-transaction, “Microsoft would have the ability and incentive to exclude or restrict rivals, including PlayStation and PlayStation Plus, from having access to Call of Duty”.Whether it's enough to get regulators onboard remains to be seen.

According to Sony’s statement, during its initial inquiries, the CMA gathered data showing that Activision’s and Microsoft’s games account for 30-40% of all minutes played on consoles in the UK.Enjoy ad-free browsing, merch discounts, our monthly letter from the editor, and show your support with a supporter-exclusive comment flair!.If Microsoft were to gain sole control of Activision’s content, Sony argues that consumers, competitors, and independent developers would all be harmed.“In the mid term, a significant number of.

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Could CMA use the same claim to investigate SONY?🤦‍♂️ Sonystopthatdamncryingandmanthefuckup We should blowup Sony HQ from what I've seen, PS has increased their prices, while Xbox decreased them Sony says that Microsoft buying Activision blizzard could also lead to our crops being burned and our water supply being poisoned

Haaaaaaaa bahahaha they are so full of shiz, they will say anything to stop the deal from going through. Pure trash. Sony are a joke After they raised the price 😂😂😂 Sony arnt winning this one. What the fuck is Sony saying? When they're the ones who got their prices up and Sony fanboys are parading this 'premium' prices lmao

Price rises? Sony you already did that shit.

Warzone 2 has reached 25 million players in its first five days, Activision says | VGCWarzone 2.0 has reached 25 million players in its first five days, Activision has claimed. It's not yet clear if it'll surpass the original's milestone of 30 million in 10 days.

It must be like looking in a mirror for them. Isn’t sony the one raising prices across the board rn Is Microsoft remove SBMM from Call of Duty, I don’t mind COD becoming Xbox Exclusive. Since PS4 generation, Sony and PlayStation Community abandoned multiplayer after they started charging for online. PlayStation deserve to lose COD.

So they are saying that if Microsoft gets ACTIBLIZ, Microsoft would become like..... PlayStation? So Xbox becomes market leader, it then does what PLAYSTATION HAS ALREADY DONE IN 2020 AND 2022? Raise game price Raise console price Raise sub price but not offer enough value This is comedy So far you’re the only company that seems to increase prices, you got the first party exclusives, but your prices are getting harder to justify.

They're so scared. It's really pathetic. 🤦‍♂️ ahhahahahahhahahah Lol Sony just sayin anything they can to mislead regulators at this point Sony is scared

Microsoft says it offered Sony 10-year deal to keep Call of Duty on PlayStationAs intense government scrutiny of Microsoft's $69bn acquisition of Activision Blizzard continues, with many regulatory … Lying crying dance moves Jim Ryan I'd love to see Call of Duty stay on PlayStation, and Marvel's future titles to come to Xbox too. That'd be amazing for both communities in my opinion But it’s not about the machines now. Microsoft knows they can’t shift the hardware they want to, so they’ve shifted to getting GamePass on different devices. Saying they’ll put the game on PlayStation is a distraction. What they want to do is get GamePass on PlayStation.

oh the irony is strong with this one PlayStation Sony are one away from blaming Microsoft for the war in Ukraine and the world economic decline to try and block this deal with Activision. The balls on Sony after their antics over the last few years, are ridiculous. It’s funny Sony saying the deal will lead to price rises 😂 the hypocrisy

Sony just saying anything at this point lol Stop yelling at the regulators, they are the most hypocritical, creeping 'video game company' with no dignity that is embarrassing and disgusting. They are number one in denigrating, humiliating and belittling their OWN EMPLOYEES AND DEVELOPERS. Sony PlayStation hermenhulst

They are desperate right now saying anything ha ha Lying to regulators by using hypotheticals. Sony is just petty & pathetic at this point Oh so NOW it's bad... Sony has been doing this exact same thing for 10+ years AND marketing their consoles on it. Didn't they raise the price of their console and games for that console?

Why the just shut the hell up and bring evidence about what they claim? Who the fuck rises the price of console and games even before this deal occurred for God sake?

Microsoft offered Sony a 10 year deal to keep Call of Duty on PlayStationThe offer was made earlier this month to help push through the Activision acquisition. Jim Ryan is still going to cry and say what about year 11. It’s not fair for you to hold exclusives lol. Playstation doesn’t want CoD to come to Game pass, it’s understandable, I love game pass but it would do to the gaming industry like what Netflix did to the movie industry Thats honestly way more then we all expected

Sony/PlayStation = 🗑️🚮 Sony is pathetic Yeah hurt developers by hiring more & giving them opportunities to make games they'd never be able to without them. (see Obsidian, etc) Raise prices like the PS5 console, all the Sony 1st party games & charge for next gen upgrades. If anyone is buying this crap that's sad.

Is this a joke? but it was Sony who did this, her argument doesn't make any sense kkkk SIE said: “Faced with weaker competition, Microsoft would be able to: increase console and game prices for Xbox users (including those that switched from PlayStation); increase the price of Game Pass; and reduce innovation and quality.”

Um wtf? Remind me who has $70 games now and who doesn't So much fear mongering from Sony yet they raised the price of the PS5 and games.

Microsoft offered Sony 10-year deal to keep Call of Duty on PlayStationMicrosoft says that earlier this month, it offered Sony a deal that would keep Call of Duty on PlayStation consoles for a decade.

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