Microsoft has signed a deal with Sony to keep “Call of Duty” on PlayStation following its acquisition of Activision Blizzard, Microsoft Gaming CEO Phil Spencer said in a Twitter post on Sunday.
The decision could further ease concerns around the acquisition’s impact on competition.
Speaking about the deal, Microsoft President Brad Smith said in a tweet: “Even after we cross the finish line to pass this deal, we will remain focused on ensuring Call of Duty remains available on more platforms and for more consumers. than ever”.
The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) argued that the deal would hurt consumers, whether they played video games on consoles or had subscriptions, as Microsoft would have an incentive to exclude rivals like Sony Group.
To address the FTC’s concerns, Microsoft had previously agreed to license “Call of Duty” to rivals, including a ten-year deal with Nintendo, pending the merger closes.