According to Sony, Microsoft’s plans after acquiring Activision Blizzard is to turn PlayStation into non-competition like Nintendo.
Sony has release statement to the UK’s regulatory body — the Competition and Markets Authority — saying he believes Microsoft’s aim with the Activision Blizzard merger is to make PlayStation like Nintendo.
What Sony means by the statement is that if the merger goes through, Microsoft would stop releasing Call of Duty games on PlayStation platforms, essentially turning Sony into another Nintendo when it comes to competing in the market for 18-degree shooters.
The crux of Sony’s argument with this statement is around Microsoft’s statement that gaming platforms don’t have it Call of Duty games still succeed, with the latter company citing Nintendo as an example. Sony says this claim by Microsoft “ignores the facts”, as Nintendo’s business model is not based on reliance on 18-rated shooter franchises.
“Microsoft claims that Nintendo’s differentiated model shows that PlayStation is unnecessary Call of Duty to compete effectively. But this reveals Microsoft’s true strategy,” said the SIE statement. “Microsoft wants PlayStation to become like Nintendo, so that it would be a less close and effective competitor to Xbox.
“Post-Transaction, Xbox would become a one-stop shop for all of the console’s best-selling shooter franchises (Call of Duty, Hello, Gears of War, Doom, Overwatch), as the Decision explains, and would then be free from serious competitive pressure.”
“Ignoring these facts, Microsoft argues that Nintendo has been successful without access to them Call of Duty,” the statement continues. “This misses the point. The Decision cites a wide body of evidence showing that Nintendo offers a differentiated experience to Xbox and PlayStation because it focuses on family-friendly games that are very different from PEGI 18 FPS games such as Call of Duty.”
Sony also notes that, interestingly enough, Microsoft doesn’t track Nintendo as well as it tracks PlayStation in its internal documents in terms of competitive assessment. This would indicate that Microsoft does not see Nintendo’s platforms as competition for Xbox in the same way that it sees PlayStation as competition.
“This is supported by Microsoft’s internal documents, which, as the CMA found, show: ‘In general, Microsoft’s internal documents track PlayStation more closely than Nintendo, with Nintendo often absent from any internal competitive assessment’ “.
Microsoft is also currently facing increased scrutiny from the EU’s regulatory body, the European Commission, regarding its acquisition of Activision Blizzard.