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Microsoft and Sony are arguing so loudly over Microsoft’s acquisition of gaming giant Blizzard

Microsoft has agreed to give a number of concessions to the British competition authorities in connection with the acquisition of Activision Blizzard, but competitor Sony accuses Microsoft of lying.

Microsoft is still in the process of completing the acquisition of the game company Activision Blizzard in a gigantic deal in the region of 500 billion kroner, but the acquisition does not impress competitor Sony, who accuses Microsoft of lies.

This happens after the British competition authority Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) was not satisfied after a review of the sale and therefore referred the deal to another round of investigations.

This led Microsoft to declare that it would make a number of concessions in order not to create an unfair competitive situation.

PlayStation owner Sony and the British authorities have been sceptical that Microsoft, which also owns the game console Xbox, will gain too much of a competitive advantage by also buying one of the biggest game manufacturers.

“Microsoft has only offered that Call of Duty will remain on PlayStation for three years after the current agreement between Activision and Sony ends,” says PlayStation CEO Jim Ryan, according to the outlet Thurrott and continues:

“After nearly 20 years of Call of Duty on PlayStation, Microsoft’s proposal was inadequate on many levels and did not consider the impact on our players. We want to ensure PlayStation players continue to have the highest quality Call of Duty experience, and Microsoft’s proposal undermines this principle.”

The media writes that Microsoft’s Phil Spencer, who is head of Xbox and Microsoft Gaming, has offered Sony to keep Call of Duty on PlayStation for five years after the current agreement expires.

However, this is not correct, says the Playstation manager, who does not believe that such an offer has been on the table.

“I did not intend to comment on what I perceived to be a private business discussion, but I feel the need to correct this statement as Phil Spencer brought this into the public forum,” Jim Ryan said.

Back and forth

Sony has previously expressed concern about the deal, while Microsoft has previously replied that Sony sold twice as many PS4 consoles as Microsoft sold Xbox One units, and therefore Microsoft does not believe that the competitive situation should cause concern, writes the media Winbuzzer.

Microsoft has also according to Winbuzzer accused Sony of paying developers to have exclusive rights to games to keep the games off Xbox Game Pass.

“Microsoft’s ability to continue to expand Game Pass has been hampered by Sony’s desire to inhibit such growth,” Microsoft has told Brazilian competition authorities, according to the media outlet, and the company continues:

“Sony pays for ‘blocking rights’ to prevent developers from adding content to Game Pass and other competing subscription services.”

However, Microsoft does not elaborate further in relation to whether something was going on behind the scenes, in terms of payment for exclusive rights in the gaming and streaming industry.