After the FTC’s request was denied by the US Appeals Court on Friday, Microsoft is expected to close the Activision Blizzard acquisition tomorrow (July 17th). It looks like Sony has finally accepted the defeat and agreed to sign the deal with Microsoft to keep Call of Duty on PlayStation. Earlier when Microsoft offered this deal, Sony rejected the deal and went to the court to block Microsoft’s Activision Blizzard acquisition.
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.
“From Day One of this acquisition, we’ve been committed to addressing the concerns of regulators, platform and game developers, and consumers. Even after we cross the finish line for this deal’s approval, we will remain focused on ensuring that Call of Duty remains available on more platforms and for more consumers than ever before,” wrote Brad Smith, President at Microsoft.
With this Sony deal, all eyes turn to the U.K’s Competition Appeal Tribunal tomorrow, where joint applications by CMA and Microsoft to adjourn legal proceedings will be considered as both the parties continue negotiations.