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.
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.