Xbox calls out Sony's "desire to inhibit" Xbox Game Pass growth

Heidi Nicholas - August 11th 2022

Microsoft claims that Sony pays "blocking fees" in order to keep games from Xbox Game Pass with a desire to "inhibit" the growth of such services.

In Microsoft's response to Sony's concerns about Xbox owning Call of Duty, the company also commented on what it perceives as "Sony's desire to inhibit" the growth of services like Xbox Game Pass.

Microsoft claims Sony “is resentful of having to compete with Microsoft’s subscription service”

The document Microsoft sent to Brazil’s Administrative Council for Economic Defense (CADE), which was transcribed by VGC, argues against Sony's comments about the importance of the Call of Duty franchise, and in doing so, also touches on how it believes Sony behaves towards the Xbox Game Pass service.

According to VGC's transcription, Microsoft says Sony “is resentful of having to compete with Microsoft’s subscription service," and later adds, “Indeed, Microsoft’s ability to continue expanding Game Pass has been obstructed by Sony’s desire to inhibit such growth." Microsoft even says that "Sony pays for ‘blocking rights’ to prevent developers from adding content to Game Pass and other competing subscription services.” Sony, meanwhile, unveiled its own response to Xbox Game Pass back in March.

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