Sony looking to stop Activision merger to prevent Xbox control over Call of Duty

Sony looking to stop Activision merger to prevent Xbox control over Call of Duty
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Sony has launched its most recent round of complaints against Xbox in an effort to prevent its acquisition of Activision from happening. This time around, PlayStation’s parent company is stating that the agreement is “not viable” and that Microsoft is “asking for too much money” just to have the Call of Duty franchise on PS.

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CoD news aggregator CharlieIntel posted a portion of the agreement in question, which details some of the terms that Microsoft has laid down in the deal. Although most of the specifics within the official document was redacted, the segments that are visible appear to be stating most of what has already been said throughout the ongoing saga.

According to the statements made, Sony is apparently worried that Microsoft would effectively be able to influence numerous factors of the popular Activision IP that would heavily impact the competitive landscape. This includes changes to pricing naturally favoring Xbox and in-game content being exclusively available on the Microsoft platform.

Sony goes on to mention that the licensing fee they’re being required to pay would largely affect the amount that they make from their PS+ service. They then go on to list their PlayStation Plus Extra subscription as an example, which currently costs $100 per year while the retail price of a regular Call of Duty title is already at $70. Since the agreement would also apparently require Sony to pay a portion of the revenue they make from CoD, this would leave them with only the amount they make from their subscription service.

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Unfortunately, the licensing deal from Microsoft is allegedly expected to satisfy the European Union’s skepticism on the deal. This means that it may only be a matter of time until the agreement is signed, sealed, and delivered.