Microsoft claims it offered Sony a ten-year deal to keep Call of Duty on the PlayStation

The latest revelation comes as Microsoft and Sony's clash for the future of Call of Duty continues amidst several government inquiries.


Call of Duty has been front and center as Microsoft fields questions and inquiries about its desire to purchase Activision Blizzard for nearly $70 billion.

A decade-long offer to keep Call of Duty on the PlayStation should at least get the ball rolling on any negotiations between Sony and Microsoft.

On one hand, Sony is saying the deal means Xbox will gain exclusivity over Call of Duty. On the other hand, Microsoft claims it's open to keeping Call of Duty on the PlayStation platform (and even the Nintendo Switch) for the long haul.

Now, Microsoft just doubled down on its intention to convince everyone that its chief rival will not lose its access to Call of Duty anytime soon.

According to a recent report by The New York Times, Microsoft offered Sony a 10-year deal to keep Call of Duty on PlayStation. We can only presume this is after Microsoft Gaming CEO, Phil Spencer, said the company is open to making a "longer-term commitment that Sony would be comfortable with".

10 years is longer than the "inadequate" offer that Sony Interactive Entertainment CEO and president, Jim Ryan, claimed that Microsoft gave Sony to keep Call of Duty on PlayStation. It remains to be seen if Sony will be happy with this offer, but it's a good start.

If we're being honest, we're pretty sure Sony will continue to petition against the Activision Blizzard acquisition even if Microsoft says it's willing to keep Call of Duty on the PlayStation forever.

Microsoft has spent the past few months arguing that the purchase is good for the video game industry. Spencer has reiterated numerous times that the goal is to keep Call of Duty on as many platforms as possible for a long time, including the PlayStation.

But, you can't blame concerns that the merger will undermine competition in the market. Keep in mind that Activision Blizzard is a company that owns more than just Call of Duty.

If Microsoft owns this significant piece of the gaming market, what's stopping the company from cutting off everything but Call of Duty from other platforms?

Most likely, we'll spend the next couple of months hearing more about what else Microsoft is willing to offer just for the deal to finalize and push through. The regulatory committees aren't expected to finalize their decision until at least early 2023.

Ray Ampoloquio
Ray is a lifelong gamer with a nose for keeping up with the latest news in and out of the gaming industry. When he's not reading, writing, editing, and playing video games, he builds and repairs computers in his spare time. You can find Ray on Twitter.
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