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Jim Ryan says players will no longer have choices if Microsoft buys Activision

Published: 17:00, 21 November 2022
Sony did not respond to Microsoft's offer, according to report
Sony did not respond to Microsoft's offer, according to report

PlayStation head Jim Ryan has once again commented on Microsoft's potential acquisition of ActivisonBlizzard, saying that gamers will be left without the choices they have now, if the Call of Duty publisher joins Xbox.  

According to Sony Interactive Entertainment boss Jim Ryan, Microsoft has a history of dominating industries and if they officially acquire ActivisionBlizzard , gamers across the world may no longer have the choices they have now.

"[Microsoft is] a tech giant with a long history of dominating industries," Ryan told the NYTimes. "It is highly likely that the choices gamers have today will disappear if this deal goes ahead."

Ryan did not say what these choices are but he was pretty adamant that gamers will be those who will feel the negatives of this acquisition.

As expected, Sony have been trying their best to block the deal ever since the regulators started their investigations. The biggest talking point is obviously the Call of Duty franchise, which Microsoft promised to keep on PlayStation as long as the console exists. 

The NYTimes report states that Microsoft recently offered Sony a deal to keep Call of Duty on PlayStation for the next ten years but Sony reportedly declined to comment on the offer.

Jim Ryan previously stated that Microsoft's Call of Duty offer was "inadequate on so many levels".

Microsoft and activision blizzard Microsoft expect to wrap up the acquisition of ActivisionBlizzard in first half of 2023

All in all, it's just another day of Sony and Microsoft battling it out in public to try and get some points at regulators and potentially get the deal blocked or approved, respectively. 

The good news is, we won't have to listen to this for years as Microsoft expect to complete the acquisition in the first half of 2023. Only several more months and we'll never hear about it again!


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