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Microsoft strikes 10-year deal Call of Duty with Nintendo, Sony on spot


said on Wednesday that it struck a deal to make the hit video game available on for 10 years when its USD 69 billion purchase of game maker Activision Blizzard goes through an apparent attempt to fend off objections from rival Sony.

The blockbuster merger is facing close scrutiny from regulators in the US, Europe and elsewhere.

Microsoft, maker of the Xbox game console, faces resistance from Sony, which makes the competing PlayStation console and has raised concerns with antitrust watchdogs about losing access to what it calls a must-have game title.

President Brad Smith tweeted his thanks to Nintendo, which makes the Switch game console, saying the same offer was available for Sony.

Any day @Sony wants to sit down and talk, we’ll be happy to hammer out a 10-year deal for PlayStation as well, he said.

Smith said the agreement will bring to more gamers and more platforms, and that’s good for competition and good for consumers.

Sony’s European press office didn’t respond immediately to a request for comment.

At the heart of the dispute is control over future releases of Activision Blizzard’s most popular games, especially Call of Duty, a first-person military shooter franchise.

Activision reported last month that the latest installment, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, had earned more than USD 1 billion in sales since its October 28 launch.

(Only the headline and picture of this report may have been reworked by the Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)


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