Microsoft accuses Sony of paying creators not to release games on Game Pass

Deepak Gupta
Deepak Gupta August 13, 2022
Updated 2022/08/13 at 7:38 AM

Microsoft’s purchase of Activision Blizzard created some tension with rival Sony, as many of the creator’s titles are a hit with PlayStation gamers.

But the subtle pranks between both potenics continue. And if the Japanese company recently mentioned that this purchase would create anti-competitive practices and that the Call of Duty game could influence players’ choice of consoles, now Microsoft responds and accuses Sony of paying programmers for them not to release their games on your Game Pass gaming platform.




It seems that the world is very reactive and everything is a reason to start a conflict, however small and unnoticed it may seem. And although they were already rivals in the segment of video game consoles, Microsoft and Sony have always maintained a cordial relationship, until the Redmond company bought Activision Blizzard for 60 billion euros earlier this year, which triggered an attitude little more hostile in this relationship.

One of Sony's biggest concerns at the time was that Microsoft would withdraw some popular games from the creator, such as Call of Duty, from being available for PlaySattion, but the Xbox brand assured that it wouldn't.

And despite the fact that more than half a year has passed since the million-dollar acquisition, tension remains between the two brands. About a week ago, the Brazilian regulatory authority WHERE IS IT (Administrative Council for Economic Defense) collected the opinion of several companies about the purchase of Activision Blizzard, where Sony commented that Call of Duty games could influence gamers in the choice of video game consoles. And now Microsoft has responded to its rival in a 27-page document.

Microsoft says Sony pays for games not to make it to Game Pass

according to information, Microsoft accused Sony of blocking the growth of Game Pass by paying developers not to make their games available on its gaming platform. The owner of the Xbox console says that the rival is thus trying to prevent the growth of Game Pass, by paying creators for "blocking rights" in exchange for them not adding their content to the subscription platform.

The Redmond company says that the Japanese company was the only one, from other third-party brands such as Ubisoft and Bandai Namco, to claim that the Call of Duty (CoD) game would have no competition, but adds that the rival is isolated in this opinion and It also contradicts itself on some issues. Microsoft goes on to say that Sony doesn't want to see CoD games on Game Pass early on because it's "resentful of having to compete with Microsoft's subscription service".

In order to reinforce its thesis, Microsoft mentioned 4 reasons why it is against Sony's statements that including Activision Blizzard games is an anti-competitive practice:

  • Microsoft's strategy is not to take content away from players, as Call of Duty will still be on PlayStation
  • Statistics indicate that users believe that subscription services are another way to pay for games
  • Sony's statements deny the nature of subscription services, other than the fact that PlayStation already has PS Plus Extra and Premium.
  • There are other similar services on the market whose content is not on Xbox

The Redmond company ends by saying that removing COD from PlayStation would not be viable from a commercial point of view. And that it would only be economically profitable if a large number of players switched to Xbox, since the 60 billion euros paid for the purchase of Activision Blizzard had to be written off.

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