At this point we are still with the novel of the purchase of Activision Blizzard by Xbox. We all know that Sony has opposed such an acquisition and even Xbox offering Call of Duty for 10 years on its platform.
However, Phil Spencer was recently on the Podcast “second request” earlier this week and discussed all things Activision-Blizzard and had a few choice words for Sony.
When asked about the importance of Call of Duty in regulatory discussions, Spencer said: “In reality, there has only been one big opponent of the deal and that is Sony. Sony is trying to protect its dominance on the console. The way they grow is by making Xbox smaller. They have a very different view of the industry than we do. They don’t ship their games on the day and date of release on PC. They don’t put their games in the subscription when they release”.
Spencer adds more thoughts, including the promise of Call of Duty on Playstation, why it doesn’t make sense to remove Call of Duty from other platforms, and her confusion about why regulators care so much about how this will affect Sony.
These comments from Spencer are very honest from her perspective and are in line with a Microsoft doing everything they can to close this deal. We will have to wait and see how the regulators respond and if they buy Microsoft’s point of view.