In recent days several government bodies dedicated to antitrust they began to examine the hypothetical Microsoft's acquisition of Activision Blizzard. In particular, the Brazilian government has begun to give the floor to some of the main "rival" companies of the Redmond company and the platform Xbox.

And among the various Ubisoft, Google and Amazon, the Brazilian commission has made known the statements of Sony on the matter, initially reported on ResetEra and translated by the newspaper Videogame Chronicles.

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Within the release, Sony offers the judges a general perspective of the AAA videogame market, placing particular emphasis on the possible exclusivity of brands such as Call of Duty, Activision's shooter series. According to the Japanese-American company, in fact, the acquisition of this particular globally famous brand could influence the market for consoles and the choice of players on the latter.

“According to a 2019 study, the importance of Call of Duty to the world of entertainment, in general, is indescribable. The brand is the only videogame IP to have reached the top 10 of the most recognized brands in the world, along with giants such as Star Wars, Game of Thrones, Harry Potter and the Lord of the Rings. Call of Duty is so popular that it influences the choice of a console, and its community is so established that it has no rival, even if a competitor had the budget to create a similar project. […] The series has become synonymous with the first person shooter and defined an entire category. This is demonstrated by the involvement of players on social media: Call of Duty has more than 24 million followers on Facebook, against 7 million in Battlefield; and more than 12 million followers on Instagram compared to Battlefield's 2 million. It is highly unlikely that players will shift to an alternative, losing familiarity with the game, skills learned and friends with whom they share their games on Call of Duty. "

Immediate response from Microsoft and Phil Spencer, who specified how - for the moment and for contractual obligations with Sony - Activision Blizzard is obligated to release the next three games in the series on PlayStation.

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