Bradford Lee Smith, chairman and vice president of Microsoft, has confirmed that Microsoft will continue to release Call of Duty and other “popular Activision Blizzard” games on PlayStation beyond existing […]
Bradford Lee Smith, chairman and vice president of Microsoft, has confirmed that Microsoft will continue to release Call of Duty and other “popular Activision Blizzard” games on PlayStation beyond existing agreements. Smith has confirmed that he has committed to Sony that Activision Blizzard titles will continue to appear on PlayStation. Smith has also confirmed that Microsoft wants to take “similar steps” to support Nintendo. Microsoft’s $68.7 billion acquisition of Activision Blizzard is expected to close by the 30th of June 2023 subject to approval.
Here’s what Smith had to say:
First, some commentators have asked whether we will continue to make popular content like Activision’s Call of Duty available on competing platforms like Sony’s PlayStation. The obvious concern is that Microsoft could make this title available exclusively on the Xbox console, undermining opportunities for Sony PlayStation users. To be clear, Microsoft will continue to make Call of Duty and other popular Activision Blizzard titles available on PlayStation through the term of any existing agreement with Activision. And we have committed to Sony that we will also make them available on PlayStation beyond the existing agreement and into the future so that Sony fans can continue to enjoy the games they love. We are also interested in taking similar steps to support Nintendo‘s successful platform. We believe this is the right thing for the industry, for gamers and for our business.