Microsoft has reportedly offered Sony a whopping 10 years Obligations deal to ensure the series stays for PlayStation.
If reports of this deal are true, a decade-long deal apparently shows intent that Microsoft doesn’t plan on making Call of Duty an Xbox exclusive. At least for the foreseeable future anyway.
Is a 10-year contract on the table?
As reported by VGC, Microsoft told the New York Times that the deal was offered to Sony on November 11.the. To be honest, this would be a strange statement if it weren’t true. So with that in mind, I’ll give Microsoft the benefit of the doubt.
Ever since Microsoft moved to acquire Activision Blizzard for $68.7 billion, Sony (as well as PlayStation boss Jim Ryan) have raised concerns.
Looking from the outside, Sony is concerned that Call of Duty is an Xbox exclusive. Furthermore, Sony is also concerned that players will choose to play the series on Xbox if it comes to Game Pass.
Microsoft has tried to ease Sony’s concerns
However, Microsoft has previously tried to alleviate concerns raised by Sony. When speaking to Brazilian regulators, Microsoft stated that it would make no sense for CoD to be an Xbox exclusive.
Additionally, Xbox boss Phil Spencer stated that Microsoft has no intention of pulling the rug out from under Sony.
This follows Sony’s claims that Microsoft’s previous multi-year deal for CoD to stay on PlayStation was “inadequate on many levels”.
All of these concerns have been raised by Sony, despite an apparent pre-existing deal that already ensures Call of Duty can’t come to Xbox Game Pass for several years.
When Spencer was speaking on the Decoder podcast recently about not pulling the rug under Sony, her words now have a bit more context.
“It’s not that at some point ‘I pulled the rug out from under PlayStation 7’s legs’ and it’s ‘ah ha, you just didn’t write the contract long enough’. There is no contract that can be written that says forever.” Spencer said.
Is it possible to reach an agreement for Call of Duty between Microsoft and Sony?
However, if the reports are true regarding a 10-year contract and if Sony rejects such an offer, I’m not sure what to expect. After all, it sounds like a very generous offer.
A 10-year deal seems like a generous proposition regardless of the industry and it certainly wouldn’t be wise for any company to offer a deal that lasts forever.
At some point, every deal needs to be reviewed and if there’s a 10-year gap in the middle, that sounds like sweetener to me.
That said, it will be interesting to see what Sony’s response will be, should it decide to comment publicly.
It’s also worth keeping in mind that Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard hasn’t been finalized yet. The acquisition is believed to be completed by June 2023.
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