Microsoft has just announced a new bombshell, in addition to the one it made official this morning with Nintendo. And it is that, during the press conference that Brad Smith, President of Microsoft, just gave, barely an hour ago, he announced another hit: the arrival of all the Xbox PC games to NVIDIA GeForce Now, the cloud gaming subscription service offered by Nvidia, as well as a promise to carry Activision Blizzard titles, when the deal runs out. In this way, Sony is left practically alone, awaiting the allegations presented by Google, as an opponent of the Activision Blizzard purchase agreement.
This agreement fulfills the rumors that Nvidia was not a real opponent of the purchase, but simply wanted to press for a juicy deal. And so it has been, achieving the same as Nintendo and the same as Microsoft wants to offer Sony. Now, by adding this deal to Nintendo’s, Microsoft will bring its games to a whopping 150+ million players, leaving Sony’s arguments of monopolistic attitude all but empty.
Bomb deal to bring Xbox PC games to Nvidia GeForce Now, with a promise to incorporate Activision games:
“We have signed a 10-year agreement with NVIDIA, which will allow GeForce NOW gamers to enjoy Xbox PC games, as well as Activision Blizzard PC titles, including Call of Duty, upon completion of the acquisition. We are committed to bringing more games to more people; wherever they choose to play,” Phil Spencer commented on Twitter.
In this way, Microsoft not only manages to corner Sony more, but also the competition defense agencies. Now it will be very difficult for them to defend Sony’s position, having to choose between their position or the agreement that will allow them to carry out Call of Duty to a huge number of other players.
Not forgetting that it is precisely this idea that is defended by two very important participants in the agreement, such as the unions and the European Federation of Video Games. On the other hand, as pointed out by analyst Florian Mueller, Activision Blizzard shares have stabilized after these announcements and after this morning’s declines, which could translate into market confidence in the terms of the purchase agreement.