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Sony could negatively affect Microsoft's acquisition of Activision Blizzard.  The Japanese issued a statement

Microsoft is offering Sony a 10-year Call of Duty contract. The Japanese hired a company to block the deal

Sony wants to make sure Microsoft doesn’t join its Activision Blizzard family, and the company is willing to sign a major deal with the Japanese company. The takeover case was brought up by the New York Times, which reveals very interesting topics.

David McCabe and Karen Wise from The New York Times I received a lot of new information about Microsoft’s transaction with Activision Blizzard. The $69 billion deal is currently being reviewed by 16 countries, and the US corporation is ready to take significant steps to acquire the creators of Call of Duty and Diablo.

Microsoft CEO Brad Smith confirmed that the manufacturer is willing to implement “restrictions on its business practices” to address regulators’ concerns and at the same time the deal can be approved.

Microsoft already met with the first officials from the United States in February to explain the vision of the deal and reassure the people involved … and Phil Spencer (Head of Xbox) immediately contacted the head of Sony in January to confirm that Microsoft did not want to pull Call of Duty from PlayStation consoles:

“The first call Satya and I had after the deal was announced was to the CEO of Sony to say, ‘Hey, we’re keeping Call of Duty on your platform. Phil Spencer said.

This situation did not help because Sony even hired a consulting firm to hold meetings at the Capitol and ensure that US officials would veto the deal.

Microsoft has accused Sony of misleading regulators because the Japanese are said to “exaggerate the importance of Call of Duty to its profitability”. Jim Ryan has responded to the news claiming it is “not true” because Microsoft is a “tech giant with a long history of industry dominance” and if the deal is approved, the “choices” gamers face when purchasing new equipment will disappear – Sony suggests customers They will come to Xbox.

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Microsoft has confirmed this On November 11, Sony was offered a 10-year deal to keep Call of Duty on PlayStation, but the company declined to comment to The New York Times.

If governments block the deal, Microsoft will have to pay Activision Blizzard $3 billion.