There is still a lot of talk about the acquisition of Activision Blizzard by Microsoft, and there are new rumors that Jim Ryan, CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment, lied about the deal that Xbox offered him to continue releasing Call of Duty on PlayStation consoles. .
As we’ve told you in the past, Microsoft has in recent months offered Sony a Call of Duty deal, also offered by Nintendo and Valve for Steam, with the Japanese giant, who, however, has always rejected it because it was considered unacceptable. .
However, due to a new indiscretion reported by analyst Florian Muller, Jim Ryan would have lied about the deal offered to him by Microsoft; At first, he noted that the “three-year” deal seemed to him inappropriate and almost disrespectful. But precisely this aspect never existed, since it would not have been about three years, but about five, and later even extended to ten.
According to the aforementioned analyst, Jim Ryan’s lies could have serious repercussions in various antitrust authorities’ review processes for Microsoft’s Activision Blizzard acquisition, as they could accuse Sony of lying, preventing him from getting the right information to make the right decisions. solution.
Below you will find statements by Florian Müller:
“The 2+3 formula may be right, but the (Microsoft) brief says: Microsoft has repeatedly asked Sony to “make a Call of Duty licensing deal: first for five years, then for ten, an unprecedented period in the industry.”
If this new indiscretion were true, it would mean that Microsoft could have a new and precious ace to get the green light on the acquisition of Activision Blizzard by market regulators.
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