Which would do a disservice to PlayStation’s strategy regarding this acquisition.
It may not seem like it at first, especially if you’re away from today, but the issue of the purchase of Activision Blizzard is one of the thorniest in recent years, with cross accusations by companies, and even trials being carried out by different government organizations that try to stop the process (in this case the FTC and the CMA). Of all the people who are trying to prevent this acquisition from being confirmed, probably the most relevant is Jim Ryan, CEO of PlayStation, who has always used the possibility of Microsoft withdrawing the Call of Duty franchise as a workhorse, the one that gave us It has entered some of the best shooters in history, from PlayStation brand consoles.
Now we are getting to know some documents about these very interesting processes, special thanks to Florian Muller, especially recognized for his knowledge in this regard. Thanks to this, you can find many explanatory posts on this subject on his Twitter account, but today we are going to stop at one of them, precisely the one that talks about the aforementioned Jim Ryan.
As you can see below, in the following document the exact place where what Jim Ryan said privately the day the purchase was announced is censored, but it certainly implies, for what is mentioned then that These comments turn out to be contradictory with respect to those that he later defendedSo we could be talking about Jim Ryan knowing perfectly well that Call of Duty would continue to be released on PlayStation consoles.
This here could be the biggest bombshell in the entire evidentiary record: Jim Ryan was apparently certain that CoD would remain on the PlayStation because of Sony’s market power. https://t.co/6DLJ7YkMNK pic.twitter.com/7QEA8r81Ig
—Florian Mueller (@FOSSpatents) June 17, 2023
This right here could be the biggest bombshell in the entire evidence record: Jim Ryan is apparently certain that Call of Duty would continue on PlayStation consoles because of Sony’s position in the market.
Of course, it’s practically impossible for us to know exactly what Jim Ryan’s words were, but it is made clear in this document that they were “contradictory”so they could end up disassembling everything already expressed.
A long and tedious process
We can say that we are already relatively close to knowing what the final decision will be in this case, and it is that after more than a year of the official announcement of this acquisition, it seems that we are getting closer and closer to a resolution, either beneficial or No. This should take place in the coming months, although as always, in the case of judicial processes and others, there is a possibility that the final decision will be delayed.