PlayStation made some relatively disparaging comments about EA and Battlefield in some new court documents. Since early 2022, there has been a lot of buzz about Microsoft’s intention to buy Activision for a mere $70 billion. This would make Xbox the owner of major franchises like Call of Duty, a series that just had the biggest entertainment opening of 2022 and made a billion dollars in a matter of days with its latest entry. Historically, the franchise has topped the yearly sales charts, despite launching in the last 2 months of the year, and has made a killing for the publisher. This has raised concerns that PlayStation could lose access to Call of Duty in the future, despite Xbox reaffirming that would not be the case.
However, due to regulations and other things, it has led platform holders to discuss why Call of Duty is or isn’t a big deal. Of course, Sony is trying to make the case for why it’s important that it not be acquired by a platform holder and has made an interesting argument about competition. In a submission to the UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), Sony argued that Call of Duty is unique, stating that even the closest rivals like Battlefield can’t come close to touching it.
“To give a concrete example, Electronic Arts, one of the largest third-party developers after Activision, has been trying for many years to produce a rival to Obligations with his Battlefield series,” the presentation reads. “Despite the similarities between Obligations Y Battlefield—and despite EA’s track record of developing other successful AAA franchises (such as fifa, mass effect, need for speedY Star Wars: Battlefront)-the Battlefield The franchise can’t keep up.”
While there’s certainly some truth to the fact that Battlefield isn’t putting up the numbers that Call of Duty has, Battlefield isn’t unsuccessful either. Of course, he had a tough pitch with battlefield 2042but it was the fifth best seller in the US in 2021. However, it seems that Sony is adamant about ensuring that Call of Duty remains available to everyone.
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[H/T The Verge]