Microsoft Admits That PlayStation Has The Better Exclusives Than Xbox! In its most recent written answer to the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) group, Microsoft makes extensive use of statistics to demonstrate that its acquisition of struggling publisher Activision Blizzard won’t harm Sony or Nintendo.
In fact, as its odd self-negging frenzy persists, it implies that the agreement will actually help the publisher compete with those other game businesses. A lot of obnoxious platform fanboys now have additional ammunition in their never-ending battle to prove how much they like their chosen plastic box because Microsoft concedes that PlayStation has the better exclusives.
Microsoft keeps running into annoying governments and regulators who seem to think maybe, just maybe, one of the biggest tech companies on the planet shouldn’t be allowed to acquire one of the biggest video game publishers in history.
This is despite Microsoft’s continued, determined attempts to consume Activision Blizzard through its massive $70 billion acquisition. Due to this opposition, Microsoft and Xbox have spent most of this year hopping between courtrooms, hearings, and regulatory committees in an effort to portray Xbox as a minor brand with minimal sales and no real clout in comparison to Nintendo and Sony.
The UK’s CMA recently made this endeavour, according to recently made public documents. Microsoft claims that Sony and Nintendo have “higher quality” exclusives than its own first-party games in the documents.
Microsoft includes a section in the lengthy report posted yesterday on the CMA’s website that makes the argument that, even if it were to make Call of Duty an Xbox-exclusive franchise (though it reiterates that it has no plans to do so), it wouldn’t matter because Sony and Nintendo already have better-selling, higher-quality exclusives of their own.
NEW: The New York Times is reporting that Microsoft has offered a new deal to Sony to keep Call of Duty on PlayStation for at least 10 years. pic.twitter.com/trxLxv1Xkj
— CharlieIntel (@charlieINTEL) November 21, 2022
In paragraph 3.67, under the heading “Sony has more exclusive games than Microsoft, many of which are better quality,” Xbox claims that exclusivity agreements in video games are “not unusual” and that Sony has several excellent exclusive titles of its own, such The Last of Us and God of War.
Microsoft stated, perhaps glancing at its shoes while pulling out its empty pant pockets, “Both Sony’s and Nintendo’s exclusive first-party titles rank among the best-selling in Europe and worldwide.”
The UK CMA published Sony’s full response to Microsoft’s ABK deal;
the document states Call of Duty generates “billions” of dollars for PlayStation (some info redacted)
+ says each Call of Duty has a “over $300 million budget” https://t.co/afrQsIAYEd pic.twitter.com/0wmAgZRyVd
— CharlieIntel (@charlieINTEL) November 23, 2022
The Last of Us, Ghost of Tsushima, God of War, and Spider-Man are just a few of the notable first-party games that are now available as Sony exclusives. In addition to having outright exclusive material, Sony has agreements with outside publishers that forbid Xbox from being included in the list of platforms on which these publishers can release their games.
So in essence, Microsoft is saying that it won’t ever make Call of Duty a console-exclusive series while also contending that even if it did, it wouldn’t matter because Sony or Nintendo don’t place much value on the game.
This NYTimes report says that on Nov 11, Microsoft offered Sony a 10 year deal to keep Call of Duty on PlayStation. https://t.co/521xdjqU6o
— Geoff Keighley (@geoffkeighley) November 21, 2022
A significant portion of the company’s response to the CMA investigation centres on downplaying the significance of Call of Duty, claiming that it is not a particularly original game, and citing fan polls and reviews to demonstrate that other games are significantly more well-liked and critically acclaimed than Activision’s yearly shooter.
The controversy surrounding the Microsoft-Activision Blizzard merger continues. While Sony seeks to calm everyone’s fears and Microsoft tries to assuage them, the CMA and other organizations and regulators will keep probing and looking into the contentious agreement.
Microsoft has reportedly offered Sony a deal that would keep Call of Duty on PlayStation for at least the next 10 years. This is after it offered a three-year deal, which Sony called “inadequate” https://t.co/8WCLEQrpWg
— Tom Warren (@tomwarren) November 21, 2022
Put money on the outcome of this situation right now. Additionally, try not to consider how many deplorable Activision employees will get considerably wealthier if this merger closes.
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