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Microsoft has reportedly offered Sony ‘the right to put Call of Duty on PS Plus’

Microsoft has reportedly offered Sony the rights to offer Call of Duty on its PlayStation Plus subscription service.

That’s according to Bloomberg, which claims the offer was made in an effort to appease the US FTC and get Activision Blizzard’s $69 billion acquisition approved.

The publication claims that Microsoft offered the concession in addition to its 10-year offer to release the franchise on PlayStation consoles. It recently entered into a similar agreement with Nintendo.

Bloomberg understands that Sony has yet to accept the deal as it continues to fight the merger that would see Microsoft take control of the industry’s largest third party and one of the largest franchises.

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Microsoft giving Sony the option to include the franchise as part of its subscription offerings could be a step to offset the argument that Microsoft could compete unfairly by selling the world’s largest multi-platform console game for a small monthly fee. compensation in its ecosystem. .

Call of Duty, the monolithic shooter franchise that regularly tops console game bestselling lists, could in theory be exclusive to Microsoft platforms after this deal.

However, since announcing Microsoft’s intention to acquire Activision Blizzard, the company has assured that it would not lock the game up for at least a decade.

This hasn’t stopped Sony from using the game as one of the main arguments for regulators against the deal.

Microsoft’s Gaming CEO Phil Spencer recently claimed on the Second Request podcast that “Sony is leading the dialogue on why the deal shouldn’t go through to protect its console dominance, so what they’re latching on to is Call of Duty.”

He continued: “The largest console maker in the world is objecting to the one franchise that we said will continue to appear on the platform. It is a deal that benefits customers through choice and access.”

On Thursday, the US regulator said it was trying to block the $68.7 billion deal because it believed it would allow Microsoft to “stifle competitors” for its Xbox consoles and its subscription content and cloud gaming business.

Last week, Microsoft President Brad Smith gave more details in an editorial in the Wall Street Journal about the company’s offer to keep the Call of Duty franchise on PlayStation.