Sony answered questions with CADE, the competition authority in Brazil and indicated its concerns about Microsoft and its Game Pass.
The takeover of Activision Blizzard by Microsoft and the record sum for this acquisition caused a stir a few months ago.
Since this announcement, the video game industry has begun to fear the increasingly growing place that Microsoft is beginning to take, and this is mainly sony, PlayStation owner who has spoken the most on the subject. According to a report sent to CADE, the competition authority in Brazil, Sony is afraid of the arrival of Call of Duty in the Xbox catalog and the war machine that the Game Pass has become.
Sony speaks about the arrival of Call of Duty in the Xbox catalog
As we explained to you previously, Sony has answered various questions in a document in Portuguese (source) sent to the competition authority in Brazil and indicated his fears about the arrival of Call of Duty in the Xbox catalog. Here is what the manufacturer and publisher said on the subject:
Activision’s Call of Duty is a must-have game : a “blockbuster”, a AAA type game that has no rival. According to a 2019 study “The importance of Call of Duty to entertainment in general is indescribable. The brand was the only video game IP to enter the top 10 of all entertainment brands among fanatics, joining powerhouses like Star Wars, Game of Thrones, Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings. The console’s choice and its network of loyal users is so ingrained that even if a competitor had the budget to develop a similar product, they wouldn’t be able to compete.
As you can read, Sony considers it impossible to compete with the license, even if we tried to develop a game with a similar budget, so popular is Call of Duty and has its loyal following. We remind you in passing that the next game of the license, COD Modern Warfare 2 will not be available in the Game Pass, at least when it is released, but that might not be the case for future Call of Duty games hence Sony’s feared logic.
Sony gives its opinion on Xbox Game Pass
In the same document, Sony also expressed its fear of Game Pass. According to them, Game Pass manages to occupy 60-70% of the global market for subscription services and around 70-80% in Brazil when it comes to PC subscription. He also specifies that Game Pass had 10 million subscribers in 2020 following the acquisition of ZeniMax (the group holding Bethesda and its subsidiaries), but this number of subscribers rose to 25 million following the announcement of acquisition of Activisionwhich is a huge increase.
Sony therefore logically fears the arrival of Call of Duty in the Game Pass, because it would then say goodbye to possibly 25 million players and especially to a license which has brought in a lot of money for it in recent years. Of course, we remind you that the acquisition of Activision Blizzard is not yet finalized since the FTCthe Federal Trade Commission, must validate Xbox takeover of publisher.