The CMA previously stated that it opposed Microsoft’s deal to acquire Activision Blizzard without remedies and published provisional findings to elaborate further.
Recently, several responses to the provisional findings have been published, including Microsoft’s response. The document from Microsoft addressed the CMA’s concerns about limiting its content, such as Call of Duty, to a single platform.
In the same document, we spotted that Microsoft presented a chart showing game sales distribution across several gaming platforms. The chart claims that EA is the largest game supplier to PlayStation, followed by Ubisoft and Take-Two Interactive.
EA is, without a doubt, one of the biggest gaming companies in the world. The gaming giant owns major game IPs such as Apex Legends, FIFA, Need For Speed, Battlefield, and more. These IPs have remained relevant for several years, with frequent new entries in many cases.
As such, it is not surprising that EA is high up on Microsoft’s list. However, this document somewhat undermines Activision’s importance to the PlayStation brand. Previously, Sony has shown concern over losing Call of Duty and claimed that Microsoft’s offer will ‘irreparably harm competition.’
Microsoft has argued at various points that it has no incentive to make Call of Duty exclusive, and even doing so would not be a massive blow to PlayStation. Activision Blizzard being excluded from the top three PlayStation suppliers might help Microsoft’s arguments.
While Call of Duty is notorious for topping sales charts yearly, annual franchises like Fifa have shown an equally impressive sales record. PlayStation has been the platform of choice since the last generation, and EA games have likely found a much bigger audience on PlayStation consoles than Xbox.
Microsoft has also signed Call of Duty deals with companies like Nintendo and Nvidia, but this has not been enough to convince authorities and Sony. Nonetheless, the Activision Blizzard deal’s future remains uncertain for now, with more information expected in the coming weeks.
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