There has been a really heated debate between Microsoft and Sony regarding the former’s attempt to buy Activision Blizzard, which requires approval from major markets. One of the hottest battlegrounds right now is the UK, where the government has made public the arguments from both Microsoft and Sony.
There’s a lot to sift through, but one thing that’s gotten a lot of attention comes from Sony’s argumentwhere they claim:
“In the mid term, a significant number of PlayStation users would likely switch to Xbox and/or Game Pass. Faced with weaker competition, Microsoft would be able to: increase console and game prices for Xbox users (including those that switched from PlayStation) ; increase the price of Game Pass; and reduce innovation and quality.”
As noted by journalists and social media insiders, this is possibly a dubious argument as the only console manufacturing company to raise the prices of both their consoles and games this generation is actually Sony themselves.
Another of Sony’s statements is the fear that Microsoft would prevent Call of Duty from being added to Playstation Plus:
“Microsoft would have the ability and incentive to exclude or restrict rivals, including PlayStation and PlayStation Plus, from having access to Call of Duty”.
This has also been met with criticism as Sony has been accused of blocking both Call of Duty content from Xbox users as well as titles from the series from being added to Game Pass. Basically, it seems that Sony is worried that Microsoft might use the same strategies with prices and exclusive content.
What do you think about all this, does Sony have a valid argument in this case or should they have polished this piece better?