Microsoft calls Sony’s concerns about acquiring the Call of Duty publisher “unfounded”.

MICROSOFT has hit back at Sony’s comments, claiming its concerns are “unfounded” over the tech giant’s proposed acquisition of Activision Blizzard.

Activision Blizzard has approved an offer from Microsoft to buy the company for nearly $70 billion (£63 billion).

Sony claims Call of Duty will be exclusive to Xbox.

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Sony claims Call of Duty will be exclusive to Xbox.Photo credit: Activision/Xbox

However, because the deal is so big, it has to be approved by numerous courts worldwide amid fears that Microsoft would then monopolize the gaming industry.

The takeover’s biggest opponent is competitor Sony, which claims that owning Call of Duty, the world’s largest gaming franchise, would create a monopoly on the market.

New court documents revealed that Microsoft has called those fears “misguided.”

In the document, the company lists a number of factors that would keep the gaming industry competitive even after the proposed purchase.

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Microsoft claims Sony’s PlayStation has dominated hardware sales for over 20 years, currently beating Nintendo and selling twice as many Xbox consoles.

This is particularly interesting given that Microsoft often refuses to disclose figures on Xbox console sales.

Looking at monthly Call of Duty users, Microsoft claims that PlayStation still has a larger user base than Xbox.

This includes the possibility that Call of Duty games will no longer be available on PlayStation consoles.

Microsoft also points to Sony’s acquisitions and stakes in big companies like Bungie, which develops Destiny, FromSoftware, and Epic Games, which owns Fortnite.

It also points out that PlayStation has five times as many exclusive titles as Xbox.

Additionally, Microsoft claims that Xbox is “last in consoles, seventh in PC and nowhere in global mobile game distribution.”

Microsoft also continues to claim that it has no intention of stopping sales of Call of Duty titles on consoles like PlayStation.

The courts are still deciding whether the potential acquisition will go ahead.

So far, all countries that have opted into the case, like Brazil, have approved the deal.

Written by Georgina Young on behalf of GOOD LUCK AND HAVE FUN.

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