Sony has agreed to a 10-year Call of Duty deal with Microsoft to keep the franchise on PlayStation following Activision Blizzard’s proposed acquisition, according to The Verge.
Microsoft Gaming CEO Phil Spencer has announced that Sony and Microsoft have agreed to a deal that will keep Call of Duty on PlayStation. It ends a bitter battle between the companies that has been fought both privately and publicly over the past year since Microsoft announced its desire to acquire Activision Blizzard in January 2022.
We are pleased to announce that Microsoft and @PlayStation have signed a binding agreement to keep Call of Duty on PlayStation following the acquisition of Activision Blizzard. We look forward to a future where players globally have more choice to play their favorite games.
— Phil Spencer (@XboxP3) July 16, 2023
Microsoft’s initial offer to Sony in January 2022 called for all existing Activision console games to be kept on Sony’s platform, including future versions of the Call of Duty franchise or any other current Activision franchise, on Sony’s platform until December 31, 2027.
We remind you that Sony resisted signing an agreement with Microsoft for Call of Duty after the company first proposed a 10-year contract in December 2022. Instead, Sony has repeatedly said in regulatory filings that it fears Microsoft could make Call of Duty an Xbox exclusive or even sabotage the PlayStation versions of the game.
Recently, a judge in California allowed Microsoft to close the deal to buy Activision Blizzard. The US Federal Trade Commission’s antitrust case against Microsoft is still ongoing, but Judge Jacqueline Scott Corley heard arguments from both sides and decided to deny the regulator’s request for a preliminary injunction.