Sony Group Corp games chief Jim Ryan has called an offer by Microsoft Corp to keep the Call of Duty series on PlayStation for a limited time “inadequate”.
Xbox maker Microsoft announced the $69 billion (RM310.5 billion) acquisition of Call of Duty maker Activision Blizzard Inc in January and pledged to keep the hit franchise on PlayStation beyond of the existing agreement with Activision.
Microsoft “did not offer Call of Duty to remain on PlayStation until three years after the current agreement,” Ryan said in a statement.
“Their proposal was inadequate on many levels and did not consider the impact on our players,” Ryan said.
The broadcast of the private negotiation comes as Microsoft and Sony scramble to secure their games pipeline with a flurry of deals as technological advancements threaten the dominant position of platform operators.
Activision Blizzard’s acquisition could hurt the industry if Microsoft refuses to give rivals access to Activision’s top-selling games, the UK antitrust regulator said last week.
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