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Sony claims Xbox’s Activision deal could ‘hurt developers and lead to price rises’

From VGC: "Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) has claimed it’s confident that the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) will seek to prohibit Microsoft’s proposed acquisition of Activision Blizzard.

The UK regulator recently expanded its investigation into the $68.7 billion deal due to a number of antitrust concerns, which it outlined in a statement published in mid-October.

Notably, it said it was worried about the impact the deal could have on PlayStation’s ability to compete, given that the merger would see Microsoft gain ownership of the Call of Duty series."

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SullysCigar75d ago

Disagrees don't change the fact that everything in this article was already live, and still is, in another article.

We don't need duplication of a topic that is already oversaturated.

XiNatsuDragnel75d ago

This can and will hurt gamers imo.

giovonni75d ago

Please explain, because right now Sony is the pot calling the kettle black… 70 dollar games?

XiNatsuDragnel75d ago

Good point and I agree 70 dollars not good but cannibaling competition is bad as well.

richardmmorales75d ago

And PS5 price increase in pretty much every region outside of the U.S.

onisama75d ago

you forgot 50$ on PS5 ...and also 10$ next gen charge ...and what about a remaster for 70$....sony is saying what they are planning and doing but they just dont want to lose their position on abusing gamers

curtain_swoosh74d ago

sony, square enix, take2, ubisoft, WB games, Capcom and many more.

if we're playing the blame game, lets play it right shall we.

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giovonni75d ago

Just a minor detail left out of the narrative. I mean, Sony did things in the PS1 era that made it hard for other companies to compete, but hey I’m sure their ways were wholesome and just.

343_Guilty_Spark75d ago

They practically made dozens of exclusive deals to prevent games from appearing on the Sega Dreamcast.

Madden
COD
Final Fantasy
Metal Gear Solid
GTA

Some of these very companies cited problems developing for the DC...which was an outright lie. The DC architecture was very dev friendly.

It was so bad Sega was forced to churn out their own sports games...

IRetrouk75d ago (Edited 75d ago )

No they didn't. That would be 2k and activision.

lonewolf1075d ago

The DC architecture was very dev friendly.

Very much so, it ran on Windows CE as well.

richardmmorales75d ago

That and they raised the price of PS5 in almost every region outside of the U.S. by 10%.
Which is why i think PSVR2 is priced at $549.99. I believe they want it to be the same price as PS5. and that's 10% higher than the cost of PS5 in the U.S. Surprised they didn't increase the price here in the U.S. too. Meta increased the price of the Meta Quest 2 VR headset by $100.

SierraGuy74d ago

I remember paying $90 for cartridges in the early '90's.

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Flawlessmic75d ago

One way or the other I can't wait till this is resolved and finally hear the end of the bickering from both companies and sets of fans.

Hearing about this is tiring tbh, I have all 3 consoles so I'm good whichever way this goes down.

I tend to lean towards Sony's side on this argument but if I was in Ms shoes, with the absolute beat downs Sony has given them throughput the yrs, I'd flopping my big dick on table aswell and spending whatever I needed to to get back into the game.

Can see it from both sides, not a fan of what Ms is doing buying up massive publishers, and for the record I think Sony would be fine without cod, massive loss of revenue for sure nothing that would end Sony though, far from it.

Both companies doing what they need to to get the edge or maintain there edge.

Just can't wait for it to be over so we don't need to hear the same tired arguments on a daily basis

Lightning7774d ago

"massive loss of revenue for sure nothing that would end Sony though, far from it."

But would it though? Even after the deal the game won't be on GP. At best MS will have marketing rights with no timed DLC am with equal parity across the board. "Massive" loss is extremely pushing it. Personally, I don't think Sony will lose any significant money from COD. Maybe a little but nothing big or anything remotely harmful.

Sony's PR and marketing has been handling the sales and HUGE success of Gow yet Jim Ryan made absolutely no mention of one of the most successful 1st party Ip's to date. He needs to look at its own first party and capitalize on that

Flawlessmic74d ago

They would lose a lot, Sony gets a piece of everything cod sells on playstation and considering Sony is probably cods biggest market that's a lot of money gone for very little effort on there part.

Like I said Sony would be fine though either way, just sick of hearing them both at this point.

Either approve the deal or reject so the gaming world can move on.

SierraGuy74d ago

Playstation made call of duty what it is today.

343_Guilty_Spark74d ago

"It won't be on GP"

According to you?

They could pay just pay for it to be on GP.

Lightning7774d ago

@343 You know I don't make things up. No, according to the contract Sony has with Cod. Even after this deal goes through it won't be on GP right away. I dunno how long to be exactly but it won't be on GP right away once it goes through.

Ryuk_200775d ago

You literally can't make this up. Sony raised the price of their consoles and games and is saying that M$ might do it too sometime in the distant future and it'll be bad for gaming and devs?? lmao

“In the mid term, a significant number of PlayStation users would likely switch to Xbox and/or Game Pass,” it said. “Faced with weaker competition, Microsoft would be able to: increase console and game prices for Xbox users (including those that switched from PlayStation); increase the price of Game Pass; and reduce innovation and quality.”

richardmmorales75d ago

Yep. All these Sony complaints are things that Sony themselves do.
Even saw in another post where saying Microsoft was complaining about everything.
When all these Microsoft posts about the deal have been in reply to all the crying Sony has been doing.

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