MADRID, 25 Nov. (Portaltic/EP) –
Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) has claimed that no first-person shooter (FPS) game compares to the success of Call Of Duty, not even the equally popular Battlefield, a claim it has used as an argument to avoid that the Activision Blizzard purchase by Microsoft.
Last month of Januarythe Xbox developer reached a commercial agreement to buy the American video game studio, creator of the Call Of Duty title, for around 60.3 billion euros.
This advance did not please the manufacturer of the main competitor of this platform, Sony, which assured that such an acquisition would foster a monopoly that could jeopardize the maintenance of video games published by Activision Blizzard on PlayStation.
Thus, this purchase agreement has been the subject of investigation in several countries, such as Brazil, Saudi Arabia and the United Kingdom. Currently there various organisms that are analyzing the possible consequences of becoming effective, among which is the European Comission (EC) and, more recently, the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC), which shuffles file a lawsuit antitrust to block this transaction.
To maintain its purchase proposal, Microsoft has submitted a document to the UK Markets Competition Authority (CMA) in which it sets out the arguments why the purchase of the developer would be feasible. . One of them has to do con Call Of Duty, the main reason why Sony does not agree with this movement by its main competitor.
In this sense, Microsoft has commented that PlayStation also publishes “iconic ‘first-party’ franchises, such as God of War, The Last Of Us, Uncharted, Ghost of Tsushima, Horizon Zero Dawn and Days Gone”, as it acknowledges in writing.
Thus, he has suggested that Sony would have no problem if it did not have Call Of Duty. For its part, the Japanese company has insisted that this video game franchise “is not replicable” and that no other can compete with it, which has been used as an argument to prevent Microsoft from acquiring Activision Blizzard.
“It’s been the best-selling game for almost every year in the last decade and, in the first-person shooter (FPS) genre, it is by far the best selling game. Other publishers do not have the resources or experience to match their success,” the PlayStation manufacturer commented in its reply.
To demonstrate it, he has given as an example one of the most successful releases of Electronic Arts, Battlefield. “Despite the similarities between Call of Duty and Battlefield and despite EA’s track record in the development of other successful AAA franchises (like FIFA, Mass Effect, Need for Speed and Star Wars: Battlefront), the Battlefield franchise can’t keep up with him.”
With this, he has exposed the sales figures of both and has made a comparison between the franchises. “As of August 2021, more than 400 million Call of Duty games have been sold, while Battlefield had sold only 88.7 million of copies”, he pointed out.