Until now, Microsoft hasn’t been very clear about how its previous generation of consoles – the Xbox One and Xbox One X – performed against its direct competitor, the Sony PlayStation 4. It’s common knowledge that the PS4 “won” this particular console generation, of course, but the scale and scope of this “victory” could have been discussed until now.
However, that has now changed because Microsoft used reasonably accurate numbers as part of its argument to defend the Activision Blizzard acquisition. The software giant is currently being challenged around the world over whether its acquisition of the game publisher constitutes anti-competitive behavior, and the document Microsoft submitted to Brazil’s competition authority, CADE, sheds light on the situation.
While Microsoft has always opposed releasing console sales information, its submission to CADE uses these numbers to argue that the Activision Blizzard acquisition should proceed. Specifically, the document establishes that Sony moved more than twice as many PS4 console units as Microsoft did with the Xbox One. It’s worth pointing out that this is the same document where Microsoft claims Sony is paying developers to skip Xbox Game Pass, which combines to paint a more competitive picture than Sony would likely prefer.
Naturally, it’s no surprise to see Microsoft brush off Sony’s concerns over the Activision Blizzard acquisition, but it’s still surprising to see the two companies arguing so vehemently over the company’s claims of success. other. While companies generally try to present everything they do as some kind of success, this stands in stark contrast, as each claims that the other is, in fact, generally more successful.
Sony’s concerns about Microsoft’s ownership of Activision Blizzard are not without merit, however. While Microsoft claims Call of Duty is not unique, the value of the franchise in the gaming industry is immense, and that is without considering other IP addresses such as candy Crush, Diablo, World of Warcraft, and everything the company currently owns. Expect Sony to do everything in its power to prevent Microsoft from taking control of such a vast portfolio of intellectual properties.
Not everyone on Activision Blizzard’s side is thrilled with the acquisition either. Some Activision shareholders have tried to sue Microsoft in an effort to stop the acquisition, though it doesn’t appear to have achieved much. If one entity were to prevent Microsoft from completing the deal, it would likely be the various countries the company would need to convince that the acquisition is acceptable. At present, no one can guess whether the deal ends up going through on all fronts or if it breaks down along the way.
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