Microsoft will retain Call of Duty on PlayStation for ‘several more years’ when the current agreement expires
Fans of Call of Duty continue to question whether Microsoft could legally make the game an Xbox exclusive if the Activision Blizzard transaction is completed. Microsoft’s recent statement makes no mention of what happens after those “many more years,” but it’s evident that the business is ready to guarantee Call of Duty on PlayStation for a longer amount of time than it is legally required to.
Part of that effort will be to assuage regulators’ concerns about Microsoft’s $68.7 billion acquisition of Activision Blizzard. Sony and Microsoft lawyers have been disputing the significance of Call of Duty in papers presented to Brazil’s Administrative Council for Economic Defense (CADE), and it’s clear that it’s a sticking point.