In December of the previous year, Microsoft made an announcement that it was “committed” to bringing Call of Duty (CoD) to Nintendo for a period of ten years in the event that its acquisition of Activision Blizzard was approved.
Now, the president of the company, Brad Smith, has confirmed in a tweet that the “binding” 10-year contract has been inked, and he also stated that Nintendo would have the same access to Call of Duty as Xbox. Smith suggested that Microsoft will release additional Xbox titles on Nintendo platforms as a result of the agreement between the two companies.
According to a statement released by Microsoft, “Microsoft and Nintendo have now negotiated and signed a binding 10-year legal agreement to bring Call of Duty to Nintendo players—the same days as Xbox, with full feature and content parity.”
Call Of Duty Will Be Available For Nintendo And Xbox Players On Same Day
[Call of Duty] will be available for Nintendo players on the same days it will be available for Xbox players. We are dedicated to giving additional gaming platforms with the same level of access to Call of Duty over the long term.
In the past, Microsoft has stated that it offered Sony a similar agreement for PlayStation consoles and pledged to offering the game on Steam at the same time as Xbox, although this is contingent upon the merger being successful.
All of these transactions are part of Microsoft’s strategy to convince regulatory authorities to clear the company’s path towards completing its $68.7 billion acquisition of Activision Blizzard.
The transaction is currently in a state of extreme uncertainty due to the fact that the United States Federal Trade Commission has filed a lawsuit to prevent the takeover, and the United Kingdom may demand that Activision sell over sections of its business in order for the merger to be approved.
In addition to this, reports indicate that the European Union will soon follow the lead of the United Kingdom in stating that the proposed acquisition has the potential to lessen competition. Reuters reports that Microsoft has requested a hearing with EU regulators to defend the deal, and that hearing will take place today. This comes as a direct result of the aforementioned situation.
Concerned that the acquisition might prevent Sony’s PS5 and other systems from accessing critical games, including Call of Duty, regulators objected to the deal almost as soon as it was announced.
The transaction is a “game-changer that poses a threat to our business,” according to Sony, which is why they are adamantly opposed to it. Microsoft has stated that Sony’s comments were “self-serving,” and the company has committed to continue supporting Call of Duty on PlayStation “forever.”
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Final Lines: It’s a good step taken by Microsoft to have a deal with Nintendo official. Players will have a good vision of how to play games on it.
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