Microsoft and Sony are still embroiled in a bureaucratic battle over the Activision acquisition. Microsoft is doing everything it can to win over the publisher of Call of Duty, while Sony wants to avoid the million-dollar deal. Striking: one of Microsoft’s new arguments is that Sony has much better exclusives. And that the Japanese publisher would therefore experience little hindrance.
Microsoft argues that PlayStation has more and better exclusives than Xbox. According to the company, Sony does not need Call of Duty to generate profit. Surprisingly so, because Microsoft even specifically states that ‘first-party PlayStation games are of higher quality’. Painful for all Xbox Studios, who are now being criticized for not being as good as PlayStation Worldwide’s titles.
According to Microsoft, Sony is therefore “the dominant player in the console market” and “a powerful game publisher”. Microsoft even states that Sony is “about the same size as Activsion and almost twice the size of Xbox’s publishing division.”
Microsoft thus presents itself as the underdog to push through the Activision deal. A bit strange, because if you consider all departments of both publishers, Sony draws the short straw. It remains to be seen what the result of the investigation will be, although the battle is being fought hard…