The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority is currently investigating Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard, with documents published sharing both Sony and Microsoft’s arguments regarding the situation. Most notable to us here at PT is a strange comparison to Nintendo, made by Sony.
On page seven of Sony Interactive Entertainment’s Observations on the CMA’s Issues Statement, it says, “Microsoft claims that Nintendo’s differentiated model demonstrates that PlayStation does not need Call of Duty to compete effectively. But this reveals Microsoft’s true strategy.” Intriguing stuff, huh?
It continues, “Microsoft wants PlayStation to become like Nintendo, so that it would be a less close and less effective competitor to Xbox. Post-Transaction, Xbox would become the one-stop-shop for all the best-selling shooter franchises on console (Call of Duty, Halo, Gears of War, Doom, Overwatch) as the decision explains, and it would then be free from serious competitive pressure.”