**Microsoft Signs Agreement with Sony to Keep Call of Duty on PlayStation Console**
Microsoft has reached an agreement with Sony to ensure that the highly popular Call of Duty video game series remains available on the PlayStation console. This announcement comes after Microsoft’s acquisition of video game maker Activision Blizzard. The deal was confirmed by Phil Spencer, the head of Microsoft’s Xbox division, in a Twitter post.
**Expanding Player Choice**
In his Twitter post, Spencer expressed his excitement about a future where players have more choices to play their favorite games. The agreement between Microsoft and Sony allows Call of Duty to continue on the PlayStation platform. This is an important move as it directly addresses concerns about the availability of the game on different platforms after Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard.
**A Corporate Tug-of-War**
The acquisition of Activision Blizzard by Microsoft has triggered a corporate tug-of-war between Microsoft’s Xbox and Sony’s PlayStation. The $69 billion deal raised concerns among regulators worldwide, prompting Microsoft to make assurances that Call of Duty would be available on various platforms, including Nintendo’s Switch console and Nvidia’s cloud gaming service, for at least a decade. Sony had not been officially included in this list until now.
**Regulatory Approval and Objections**
Despite objections from Sony, a U.S. appeals court recently rejected federal regulators’ bid to block Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard. Microsoft’s goal in acquiring Activision Blizzard is to expand its video game imprint beyond the Xbox, which has less market share compared to Sony’s PlayStation. The company has been seeking regulatory approval in the U.S. and abroad, with a focus on addressing concerns from regulators, platform and game developers, and consumers.
**Commitment to Consumer Access**
Brad Smith, the President of Microsoft, emphasized the company’s commitment to addressing concerns and ensuring that Call of Duty remains available on more platforms for a wider consumer base. Microsoft remains dedicated to providing access to the game, not only on the Xbox but also on other platforms, even after the completion of the acquisition.
**Agreements with Nintendo and Nvidia**
To alleviate regulatory pressure surrounding the sale, Microsoft has also signed agreements with Nintendo and chipmaker Nvidia. These agreements serve to demonstrate Microsoft’s commitment to its acquisition plans and to avoid potential financial penalties.
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