According to Jim Ryan, the corporation is pursuing a different strategy.
Thanks to the trial between Microsoft and the US Federal Trade Commission, more and more interesting details are becoming known. This includes the opinion of the CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment Jim Ryan about the acquisition of Activision Blizzard. It was this deal that led to the trial. The head believes that in the event of a takeover, Microsoft will not turn Call of Duty and other popular franchises into Xbox console exclusives.
A Greens lawyer provided a printout of an email in which Jim Ryan and the former Sony CEO exchanged views on a potential purchase of Activision Blizzard, The Verge reported. The first stated in the correspondence: “This is not a game of exclusivity at all. They think big and they have money to take such steps. I spent quite a lot of time with [Филом] Spencer and Bobby [Котиком]and I’m sure we’ll continue to see Call of Duty on PlayStation for years to come.”
Ryan then expressed confidence in Sony’s position even if Activision Blizzard’s projects turn into Xbox console exclusives: “We’re preparing some good things. I’m relieved, I’d rather it didn’t happen, but we’ll be fine, we’ll be more than fine.” “.
Recall that it was the potential exclusivity of Call of Duty that was the first concern of the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) in the UK. But then the regulator blocked the deal due to Microsoft’s possible monopoly in the cloud sector.
Microsoft General Manager David Cuddy commented on Ryan’s stance: “Today showed that Sony knew all along that we would stick to our promise to keep games on their platform and made it clear that its lobbying activities against the deal are aimed at only to protect its dominant position in the market.”