Microsoft appears to have offered Sony a 10-year deal for the Call of Duty franchise to remain on PlayStation consoles. The VGC website (videogameschronicle) says that The New York Times reported on a proposal made on November 11 in which the Xbox manufacturer offered a decade of rights to use franchise titles for Sony consoles.
Market regulators around the world are analyzing the future of the Call of Duty series, as the franchise belongs to Activision Blizzard, which was bought by Microsoft for US$ 68.7 billion. Of the 16 regulatory bodies, only Brazil and Saudi Arabia approved the deal.
Clash of statements between Microsoft and Sony
Two months ago, Phil Spencer, head of the Xbox division, said that Microsoft would make the Call of Duty franchise available for the PlayStation for “a few more years” after the termination of the current contract between Sony and Activision, which is believed be in 2024. However, upon hearing this, Jim Ryan, head of PlayStation, says he doesn’t want something like that and wants equal and perpetual rights.
Last week, Phil even said he would commit to Sony for longer than currently agreed. Apparently, he was referring to the 10-year offer. During The Verger’s Decorder podcast, the head of Xbox says:
A long-term commitment that Sony would be comfortable with, [com o qual] regulators would feel comfortable, I have no problem with that.
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