Microsoft Reportedly Offered Sony 10-Year Deal to Keep Call of Duty on PlayStation

Sony was reportedly offered a 10-year deal to keep Call of Duty series on PlayStation consoles recently by Microsoft.

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Microsoft Reportedly Offered Sony 10-Year Deal to Keep Call of Duty on PlayStation

Seeing a record-breaking success, publisher Activision revealed plans for a premium Call of Duty launch next year, which is reportedly a significant expansion for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II and not a mainline series entry like each year.

Amidst ongoing investigations, Sony CEO Jim Ryan met with EU regulators regarding a proposed buyout of Activision/Blizzard. Meanwhile, Microsoft reportedly offered Sony a deal to keep Call of Duty franchise on PlayStation for a decade.

New York Times report claims Microsoft offered a 10-year deal to Sony for keeping Call of Duty on PlayStation earlier this month. Sony denied to make any comment on their offer in response and may further oppose ongoing buyout deal.

PlayStation has been denying their position of trying to mislead regulators with overstating the importance of Activision's annual shooter. Among 16 government bodies, only Brazil and Saudi Arabia has approved Xbox's proposed buyout.

Serbia is also expected to approve soon while regulators worldwide are scrutinizing Microsoft's acquisition of Activision/Blizzard. UK regulators recently expanded their initial inquiries into an in-depth investigation before giving approval.

Xbox boss Phil Spencer has promised to keep Call of Duty on PlayStation for several more years even after Sony's existing deal expires. Nevertheless, PlayStation boss Jim Ryan claims the offer to be inadequate and seeks a better proposal.

Spencer told in a podcast lately that Microsoft has no issues to make longer-term commitment that regulators and Sony will be comfortable with but expecting them to write a contract saying the word "forever" in it, is a little bit silly idea.

Microsoft is apparently willing to make commitment to regulators and Sony regarding future of popular shooter series. Spencer suggests that they are open to allow Call of Duty on PlayStation for a longer-term than currently agreed upon.
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