Microsoft Sony has been accused of misleading the EU regulator about its commitment to keeping Call of Duty running Play Stationshould be acquired Activision Blizzard approval.
Sony Interactive Entertainment Executive Director Jim Ryan It is reported that he met the EU antitrust chief Margrethe Vestager this week to discuss her concerns about the rival console company’s intentions.
And in a series of tweets posted on Friday, Microsoft’s chief communications officer alleged that SIE misled regulators in Brussels about X-Boxcommitment to preservation ActivisionThe leading FPS series on PlayStation.
“I’ve heard Sony let people in Brussels know that Microsoft doesn’t want to give them parity in Call of Duty if we take over Activision,” Frank X Shaw wrote. “Nothing could be further from the truth.”
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He added, “We made it clear that we offered Sony a 10-year deal to give them parity in timing, content, features, quality, playability and any other aspect of the game. We also said we were happy to make this enforceable through contract, regulatory agreements or other means.”
“Sony is the market leader for consoles and it will defy business logic for us to exclude PlayStation players from the Call of Duty ecosystem.
“Our goal is to bring Call of Duty and other games – as we’ve done with Maine Craft – to more people around the world so they can play wherever and however they want.
What will happen The gaming industry’s biggest deal ever It was met with fierce opposition from Sony and concerns from European, US and UK regulators.
In what may be the latest setback in the way of completing the deal, the European Union is expected to do so Issue a charge sheet to Microsoft identify its concerns about the takeover, Reuters reports.
It said recently that Microsoft hopes to offer solutions to EU regulators in an effort to avoid the Statement of Objections and shorten the regulatory process. However, it has been claimed that the EU is not open to remedies without first sending the indictment.
The US Federal Trade Commission recently sued Microsoft Try to prevent takeoverwhich the regulator argues will enable the company to “suppress competitors” to its Xbox console, subscription content and cloud gaming business.
Among other concerns, regulators have expressed concerns about the possibility of a deal It greatly reduces PlayStation’s ability to competegiven that it will see Microsoft acquire ownership of the Call of Duty series, which Described by Sony as “irreplaceable”.
In an effort to address these concerns, Microsoft recently said it did Sony was offered a legally enforceable 10-year contract To make every new Call of Duty game available on PlayStation the same day it’s available on Xbox.