Call of Duty on Nintendo! Microsoft has signed a deal with the manufacturer of the Switch and Valve
The giant from Redmond is pulling out stronger and stronger guns to convince regulators from individual regions to approve the contract to acquire Activision Blizzard. After the official proposal of cooperation with Sony, the Xbox manufacturer made contact with Big N and Valve.
The Americans have previously informed about the proposal of a 10-year agreement guaranteeing Sony access to Call of Duty on PlayStation consoles, to which the corporation did not respond. However, the company goes a step further and establishes contacts with other players on the market. The head of the Xbox brand confirmed that The manufacturer of Nintendo Switches and the owner of Steam can count on access to the most popular shooter series in the world.
“Microsoft has entered into a 10-year commitment to bring Call of Duty to @Nintendo following the merger of Microsoft and Activision Blizzard King. Microsoft is committed to helping bring more games to more people – however they choose to play.”
“I’m also pleased to confirm that Microsoft has committed to continuing to offer Call of Duty on @Steam and Xbox simultaneously after we close our merger with Activision Blizzard King.”
I’m also pleased to confirm that Microsoft has committed to continue to offer Call of Duty on @Steam simultaneously to Xbox after we have closed the merger with Activision Blizzard King. @ATVI_AB @ValveSoftware
— Phil Spencer (@XboxP3) December 7, 2022
Brad Smith, vice president and president of the company, also commented on the new arrangements, stressing that they do not threaten the competitiveness of the market.
“Our acquisition will bring Call of Duty to more players and platforms than ever before. It’s good for competition and good for consumers. Thank you @Nintendo. @Sony can sit down and talk any day, we’ll be happy to do a 10-year deal with PlayStation as well.”
Our acquisition will bring Call of Duty to more gamers and more platforms than ever before. That’s good for competition and good for consumers. Thank you @Nintendo. any day @Sony wants to sit down and talk, we’ll be happy to hammer out a 10-year deal for PlayStation as well. https://t.co/m1IQxdeo6n
— Brad Smith (@BradSmi) December 7, 2022
In an interview with The Washington Post, Phil Spencer left no illusions that the task would be demanding, but he would be happy to create more teams of developers to develop new versions of Call of Duty, so that in the future the shooter would appear simultaneously on PlayStation, Xbox, Nintendo Switch and PC.
“You can imagine if [transakcja – przyp. red.] was closed on that date, it would probably take some time for development to start. When we get into the rhythm, we plan that [gra Call of Duty – przyp. red.] coming to PlayStation, Xbox and PC, it will also be available on Nintendo at the same time.”
A Microsoft representative compared the announcement to the situation with Minecraft, which is simultaneously available on all platforms. It is worth noting that the 10-year commitment does not close the possibility of further cooperation – Spencer wants to offer games to as many people as possible.
One gets the impression that the giant from Redmond is playing his game of chess, which is very meticulously planned. A meeting of members of the Federal Trade Commission is scheduled for December 8, who will discuss the acquisition of Activision Blizzard, and the announced arrangements may tip the scales of victory in favor of the Xbox manufacturer.
Bloomberg reported that the executives of the US corporation plan to meet with FTC chairwoman Lina Khan on Wednesday to persuade her to approve the deal.
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