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Microsoft soothe merger worries with decade-long Call of Duty promise

In a bid to move the acquisition process along, Microsoft is willing to offer PlayStation a decade-long deal that would secure Call of Duty on the platform

In the ongoing bid to convince regulators that the acquisition of Activision Blizzard by Microsoft should go ahead, a ten-year deal that will ensure Call of Duty comes to PlayStation for the next decade has been made.

We recently covered news that Xbox were willing to commit to a 10-year deal to ensure that PlayStation would continue to see Call of Duty games on its platform. Those rumours have now been confirmed.

Microsoft in the past already tried to reassure PlayStation that Call of Duty would continue to release on its platform; however, a 10-year deal is a massive commitment and one that Microsoft is hoping will help seal the deal. In a wall street journal piece by Microsoft’s vice chair, Brad Smith he noted that “we’ve offered Sony a 10-year contract to make each new “Call of Duty” release available on PlayStation the same day it comes to Xbox.” The proposed deal is open to other platforms and could be legally enforced by regulators in the US, UK, and European Union.

So far Sony has stood firm in its stance on the acquisition and if they were to reject the ten-year deal it seems that room for negotiation is perhaps non-existent. Regulators are still investigating the impact that such a large acquisition could create on the industry but this newly proposed deal could speed things along, especially if the deal’s biggest opposition Sony were to agree to the terms.

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Paige Cook is a writer with a multi-media background. She has experience covering video games and technology and also has freelance experience in video editing, graphic design, and photography. Paige is a massive fan of the movie industry and loves a good TV show, if she is not watching something interesting then she's probably playing video games or buried in a good book. Her latest addiction is virtual photography and currently spends far too much time taking pretty pictures in games rather than actually finishing them.

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