Microsoft wades into Sony in anti-trust claim

@ 2022/08/12
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Software King of the World Microsoft has gone onto the attack over Sony’s objections to its buy out of Activision Blizzard.

Sony is up in arms over Microsoft’s take over of Activision Blizzard claiming it will create a gaming monopoly, but in a 27-page rebuttal of Sony's objections Microsoft appears to accuse Sony of anti-competitive behaviour.

The rebuttal was made to Brazil's Administrative Council for Economic Defense (CADE). Much of Sony's argument had focused on Call of Duty - which it claimed had "no rival" and was "so popular that it influences users' choice of console" - with the PlayStation maker suggesting, among other things, that the inclusion of Call of Duty on Microsoft's Game Pass service would hamper its ability to compete.

Microsoft's pointed out that it had grown Game Pass without Activision Blizzard's titles - suggesting Call of Duty mightn't be quite as "essential" and pointing out that it had no intention of making Call of Duty an Xbox console exclusive.

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