Over the past several weeks, Microsoft (along with a number of other parties) have filed documents with the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority regarding the ruling on the proposed Microsoft-Activision Blizzard merger. On March 21st, Microsoft filed supplemental answers to the regulator’s many questions, including potential solutions regarding the Call of Duty series. The CMA was supposed to make its final decision on April 25th, but has since been moved to May 22nd.
Microsoft began its document by reiterating that it does not want to make Call of Duty exclusive to the Xbox platform. Microsoft also proposed two possible solutions to the CMA’s concerns: a publishing agreement between Sony and Microsoft that would keep the desired Call of Duty franchise on PlayStation for 10 years, and a cloud gaming deal that would give worldwide licenses to consumers and cloud gaming providers to stream Activision PC games they own. The filing did note Nvidia supports this deal.
Many details of Microsoft and Sony’s proposed deals have been redacted from the public. However, filing does say that Microsoft would apply this remedy to the PS4, PS5 and any “successor consoles.” Microsoft further explains it has “no incentive, or indeed ability, to take Call of Duty exclusive.” This remedy will also give PlayStation parity when it comes to Call of Duty, releasing the same “content, features, upgrades, quality, and playability,” on the PlayStation platform.