Microsoft to keep CoD game on Sony PlayStation for many years

by IANS |

San Francisco, Sep 3 (IANS) Microsoft has said it will keep the popular Call of Duty (CoD) game on its rival Sony PlayStation gaming consoles for "several more years."

Activision Blizzard, acquired by Microsoft for $68.7 billion, has some of the world's best-selling and most recognisable gaming franchises, such as Call of Duty and World of Warcraft.

Microsoft Gaming CEO Phil Spencer told The Verge that CoD will stay on Sony PlayStation consoles for many years.

"In January, we provided a signed agreement to Sony to guarantee Call of Duty on PlayStation, with feature and content parity, for at least several more years beyond the current Sony contract, an offer that goes well beyond typical gaming industry agreements," Spencer was quoted as saying in the report late on Friday.

He did not divulge exactly how many years CoD will remain on PlayStation.

In January, Microsoft confirmed that it will allow popular first person shooter game CoD to stay on Sony PlayStation.

"I confirmed our intent to honour all existing agreements upon acquisition of Activision Blizzard and our desire to keep Call of Duty on PlayStation," Spencer had said in a tweet.

"Sony is an important part of our industry, and we value our relationship," he added.

There were concerns that CoD may become a Microsoft Xbox exclusive franchise.

Meanwhile, the UK market watchdog has announced an in-depth probe into Microsoft's $68.7 billion all-cash deal, if its concerns over antitrust practices are not met.

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) said it is concerned that Microsoft's anticipated purchase of Activision Blizzard "could substantially lessen competition in gaming consoles, multi-game subscription services, and cloud gaming services (game streaming)".

Latest News
PM Modi to release Rs 20,000 crore to farmers during Varanasi visit on June 18 Sat, Jun 15, 2024, 03:53 PM
Millwall goalkeeper Matija Sarkic dies aged 26 Sat, Jun 15, 2024, 03:51 PM
Researchers link hot weather with increased headaches for people with migraines Sat, Jun 15, 2024, 03:32 PM
Kangana shares video of PM Modi with Giorgia Meloni; hails his support for women Sat, Jun 15, 2024, 03:29 PM
Water conservation campaign will become a movement in state: MP CM Sat, Jun 15, 2024, 03:28 PM
Congress govt got tight slap from Karnataka court on Yediyurappa matter: Union Min Pralhad Joshi Sat, Jun 15, 2024, 03:26 PM
Wayanad or Raebareli? Rahul Gandhi likely to decide on Monday Sat, Jun 15, 2024, 03:23 PM
Indian stock markets breaking global benchmarks in equity market cap Sat, Jun 15, 2024, 02:56 PM
PM Modi hails India-Italy friendship after Meloni shares 'Melodi' selfie video Sat, Jun 15, 2024, 02:53 PM
Kuwait fire: 14 Keralites under treatment out of danger Sat, Jun 15, 2024, 02:28 PM
Scholz calls Swiss-hosted Ukraine talks an early step to forge peace Sat, Jun 15, 2024, 02:27 PM
US aid pier off Gaza to be temporarily removed due to bad weather Sat, Jun 15, 2024, 02:13 PM
Philippines says 21 of 22 Filipino crew on attacked ship in Red Sea rescued, safe Sat, Jun 15, 2024, 02:11 PM
Swati Maliwal case: Judicial custody of CM Kejriwal's aide Bibhav Kumar extended Sat, Jun 15, 2024, 02:04 PM
Will work towards fulfilling PM Modi's semiconductor initiatives: Minister Kumaraswamy Sat, Jun 15, 2024, 01:49 PM