The possible purchase of Activision Blizzard by Microsoft did not leave anyone indifferent, although it is true that Sony was one of the companies that was most reluctant to this operation. Ultimately, it’s totally understandable.the Japanese company fears that this acquisition will end up leaving PlayStation without one of the most emblematic and most important franchises in the video game sector, the Call of Duty saga.
This is a long-standing topic. We already told you a couple of months ago that Microsoft had to jump to the fore to defend this purchase operation, and did not hesitate to criticize what the Redmond giant considered “hypocrisy” on the part of Sony, and the truth is that as we saw at the time he was not without arguments.
I am sure that many of our readers will remember the controversial and popular “first on PlayStation” from which Sony has always been benefiting with the Call of Duty franchise, and also from its strict policy with the PlayStation Store, but in the end the thing goes much further and touches on aspects as important as Sony’s own exclusives and even its attitude negative against services such as Microsoft’s Game Pass.
Leaving aside all this controversy, what is clear is that Sony does not want Microsoft to buy Activision Blizzard, and that it is willing to do everything possible to stop that operation in its tracks. We have proof of this in the trip that Jim Ryan, CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment, held in Brussels on September 8 to sound the alarm about said operation.
Sony’s biggest concern is the one we already know, that Microsoft’s purchase of Activision Blizzard can leave PlayStation without the Call of Duty franchise. Interestingly, the source of this information also ensures that Google has expressed concern to the regulatory entities of the European Union about the impact that such a purchase could have.
Nothing is decided yet, but I think Microsoft is getting more and more complicated so that their ambitions end up coming to fruition. A full commitment to keeping the Call of Duty franchise on PlayStation permanently and on a level playing field may make things easier, but something tells me that even in that case, Sony wouldn’t end up making this deal either, and that is that in the end the The Japanese firm does not want that equality of conditions either, it wants the “first on PlayStation” and that Call of Duty continues to be the great banner of its console.