After Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision-Blizzard, Sony accused the giant software company of creating a monopoly, and the response from Microsoft was not delayed. Responding to the allegations to the New Zealand Trade Commission , one of the still-running acquisition-related commissions in many countries , Microsoft said that Activision-Blizzard does not have a major brand that dominates the industry.
According to Microsoft, there is no monopoly claim behind the purchase. Contrary to popular belief, Microsoft, which claims that Activision-Blizzard games are not indispensable, thinks that competition can still be achieved.
Microsoft: “You’ve Got Naughty Dog and Bungie, Too!”
“There is no game that can compete with Call of Duty!” Stating that despite the announcement, the games within Activision-Blizzard are not as special as Sony claims, Microsoft announced that it will not prevent game sales on any platform so that the competition can continue.
While the discussions about the acquisition of Microsoft were continuing, a statement came from the company that seemed to claim that its rival was acting hypocritically. Microsoft reminded the commission that Sony already owns Naughty Dog , the producer of The Last of Us series , one of the most successful games ever, and Bungie after its recent acquisition . Unlike Microsoft games, games produced by Naughty Dog remained exclusive to Playstation for a long time. Sony’s stubbornness will be broken for the first time with the productions of Uncharted and The Last of Us Remake, which are expected to be released on PC soon.
Microsoft has assured that the Call of Duty brand will have multi-platform support, both according to ongoing agreements and future agreements. While international research and commission investigations continue, there is no clear information about when the Activision-Blizzard acquisition initiative will be completed.