PlayStation boss fires shots at Xbox over Call of Duty offer

Sean Carey - September 8th 2022

PlayStation boss Jim Ryan has described Microsoft's deal to keep Call of Duty on PlayStation for three years beyond the current agreement between Activision and Sony as "inadequate on many levels."

With Microsoft's $69 billion acquisition of Activision Blizzard currently awaiting approval from many competition watchdogs, Xbox chief Phil Spencer recently revealed that Microsoft had provided Sony with a signed agreement, guaranteeing Call of Duty on PlayStation for several more years beyond Sony's current contract with Activision — this current contract is believed to cover the next three Call of Duty releases, including Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II. Spencer described the offer as one that "goes well beyond typical gaming industry agreements." Now, PlayStation CEO Jim Ryan has piped up, saying the proposal fails to take into account the impact it will have on PlayStation gamers.

Sony boss Jim Ryan isn't happy with Microsoft's Call of Duty offer

Speaking to GamesIndustry.biz, Ryan said, "I hadn’t intended to comment on what I understood to be a private business discussion, but I feel the need to set the record straight because Phil Spencer brought this into the public forum.

"Microsoft has only offered for Call of Duty to remain on PlayStation for three years after the current agreement between Activision and Sony ends. After almost 20 years of Call of Duty on PlayStation, their proposal was inadequate on many levels and failed to take account of the impact on our gamers. We want to guarantee PlayStation gamers continue to have the highest quality Call of Duty experience, and Microsoft’s proposal undermines this principle."

Earlier this month, the Competition Markest Authority announced it was "concerned" over Microsoft's acquisition of Activision Blizzard, saying that if the deal were to go through, "Microsoft could use its control over popular games like Call of Duty and World of Warcraft post-merger to harm rivals." The regulator has raised concerns with Microsoft and Activision Blizzard and is considering launching a second investigation if its concerns are not addressed.

Shortly after the announcement, Phil Spencer said that Microsoft would "continue to engage with regulators with a spirit of transparency and openness as they review this acquisition."

Spencer also announced it was Microsoft's intention to bring Call of Duty, Diablo and Overwatch to Xbox Game Pass, should the deal go through. You can check out all the latest games confirmed for Xbox Game Pass in our everything coming to Game Pass article.

What do you make of Ryan's comments? Do you think Microsoft's offer is fair? Let us know down in the comments.