Microsoft, which is preparing to buy Activision Blizzard for $69 billion, is up against another gaming giant. Microsoft alleges that Sony bribed developers and blocked Xbox Game Pass content in Brazil.
Microsoft accuses Sony of bribing developers
The company filed with Brazil’s Administrative Council for Economic Defense (CADE) on Tuesday. Accordingly, Sony claims that it is actively trying to limit the growth of Game Pass by preventing certain games from appearing on Microsoft’s game streaming service.
In the lawsuit, Microsoft says Sony is trying to keep its games off PlayStation Plus by paying developers. In other words, Microsoft is worried that some Activision Blizzard games on PlayStation Plus will become Game Pass-only after the purchase ends.
Microsoft says the policy of exclusivity is at the heart of Sony’s strategy to strengthen its presence in the gaming industry. Stating that Sony is the leader in digital game distribution, the company says that Sony’s treatment of Activision’s content is nonsensical.
The company claims that Microsoft’s efforts to continue expanding Game Pass have been blocked by Sony. Microsoft seems pretty adamant about its claims that Sony bribed developers to prevent them from adding content to Game Pass and other competing subscription services.
Earlier this month, Sony said that Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard and, by extension, the Call of Duty series, would lead players to choose the Xbox over the PlayStation. Microsoft, on the other hand, says that Call of Duty and other games in Activision Blizzard’s portfolio will remain multi-platform.
Two major companies have come face to face in the gaming world. We wonder how this conflict between Sony and Microsoft, two of the biggest companies in the gaming world, will play out. So what do you think about this topic? You can share your opinion with us in the comment section.