Random: Sony Alleges That Microsoft Is Trying To Turn It Into Nintendo

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    The ongoing drama surrounding Microsoft’s planned acquisition of Activision Blizzard continues to escalate. For anyone unaware of what’s going on, the Xbox giant has moved to acquire the publisher of Obligations, Supervision, crash bandicoot, and other major IPs for a staggering $68.7 billion. Sony, meanwhile, isn’t too happy with the deal, stating its constant concern that it might lose Call of Duty to its main competitor. As such, the deal is currently under scrutiny from a number of regulators, including the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA).

    in a recently published document, Sony Interactive Entertainment submitted a number of comments to potentially help in their efforts to block the deal between Microsoft and Activision Blizzard, and one comment in particular caught our attention. In a couple of choice paragraphs, Sony is effectively claiming that Microsoft is trying to turn it into Nintendo, arguing that the latter has succeeded without the likes of Call of Duty.

    It’s a strange accusation, to be sure, but let’s see the full quote for more context:

    “Microsoft argues that Nintendo has succeeded without access to Call of Duty. This misses the point. The decision identifies a large body of evidence that Nintendo offers a differentiated experience for Xbox and PlayStation because it focuses on family games that are very different “. of PEGI 18 FPS games like Call of Duty. This is supported by internal Microsoft documents which the CMA found show that: “In general, Microsoft’s internal documents track PlayStation more closely than Nintendo, and Nintendo is often absent from any internal documents.” competitive evaluation.

    “Microsoft claims that Nintendo’s differentiated model demonstrates that Sony doesn’t need Call of Duty to compete effectively. But this reveals Microsoft’s true strategy. Microsoft wants PlayStation to become like Nintendo, to be a less close and less effective competitor to Xbox. After the transaction, Xbox would become the one-stop-shop for all the best-selling shooter franchises on console (Call of Duty, Halo, Gears of War, Doom, Overwatch), as the Decision explains, and it would then be free. of strong competitive pressure.

    What a revealing quote! It certainly shows the desperation on both sides of the field. Sony is clearly convinced that Call of Duty should stay on PlayStation, but… quoted by Phil Spencer of Xbox – “Call of Duty will be on PlayStation as long as players want to play Call of Duty on PlayStation, and that’s not a competitive threat to PlayStation.” So who knows what will happen.

    As for us, we’re quite happy to let Sony and Microsoft fight in the trenches for as long as it takes; We’re pretty excited waiting for Tears of the Kingdom to drop on Switch!



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