PlayStation “cannot protect against the loss of Call of Duty”, Sony says

March 16, 2023
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Sony has outlined Call of Duty’s vital importance to PlayStation as part of its ongoing efforts to derail Microsoft’s $68.7bn Activision Blizzard buyout bid.

“SIE [Sony Interactive Entertainment] cannot protect against the loss of Call of Duty,” Sony wrote in a document published today by the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority regulator, which is currently scrutinising the deal.

Simply put, Sony says it cannot compete with a Microsoft-owned and Xbox-exclusive Call of Duty via its own blockbuster first-party franchises: not in terms of gameplay hours, revenue, or in the budget it has to spend on building its own exclusives.

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