Sony has issued a statement saying that the UK's Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has launched an additional investigation into the Microsoft Activision purchase. The company believes this merger would significantly reduce competition in the marketplace.
Microsoft replies to Sonys concerns about the merger.
Sony appreciates the CMA's efforts in recommending that Microsoft's acquisition of Activision Blizzard be launched in a second phase.
This acquisition of Activision games, like Call of Duty, would have huge negative consequences for gamers and the gaming industry. We want to ensure that PlayStation gamers continue to have the highest quality gaming experience, and we appreciate the CMAs' dedication to protecting gamers.
Microsoft has responded to these criticisms by saying that it makes no sense for Microsoft to remove Call of Duty from PlayStation because of its market-leading console position.
When PlayStation CEO Jim Ryan specifically called out Xbox CEO Phil Spencer last week, the Call of Duty franchise would only remain on PlayStation consoles for three years after Activisions' agreement with Sony was terminated. While Spencer claimed this offer is indistinguishable from other gaming industry agreements, Ryan has felt forced to make a statement.
Meta, the owner of Facebook and Instagram, defended Microsoft's Activision purchase earlier this week, arguing that the company is producing an enormous amount of content.
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