Following Microsoft’s recent legal victory against the FTC, the company has now reached a significant agreement with Sony to ensure that the beloved Call of Duty franchise remains available on PlayStation consoles after the merger with Activision Blizzard.
Microsoft CEO Phil Spencer took to Twitter to announce the deal, stating that both parties have officially signed a binding agreement. This agreement guarantees that the immensely popular first-person shooter franchise will continue to be accessible on PlayStation platforms. Spencer expressed excitement about a future where players worldwide will have more choices to enjoy their favorite games.
The agreement comes shortly after a California judge ruled in favor of Microsoft, dismissing the FTC’s challenge to the company’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard. The FTC’s subsequent appeal was also rejected, solidifying Microsoft’s position.
While Microsoft successfully dealt with the FTC, the United Kingdom’s CMA has also expressed concerns and is currently reviewing the terms of the deal. Microsoft is scheduled to engage in discussions with the CMA early this week.
Specific details regarding the Sony agreement, such as its duration (previously rumored to be 10 years), have not been disclosed to the public. The acquisition of Activision Blizzard by Microsoft is expected to conclude soon, potentially within this week, as the company faces a $3 billion “breakup fee” if the deal fails to close by July 18.
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