Microsoft insists it has guaranteed PlayStation access to Call of Duty and full parity in the quality and content of these games, but Sony Interactive Entertainment insists it has no reason to trust the Xbox owner, noting that it has already broken numerous promises.
In its responses to questions posed by the UK’s competition authority, the CMA, Sony says Microsoft has already paid numerous fines for failing to live up to promises it made and insists Bethesda is a case in point, though Phil Spencer disagrees.
Sony says Microsoft’s behavior after buying ZeniMax “is not a breach of a behavioral commitment,” but it is an indicator that helps justify a cautious approach to any transaction.
According to the PlayStation owner, when Microsoft bought ZeniMax, it also told the European Commission that it would have no incentives to limit or stop releasing ZeniMax games on competing consoles, and even told investors themselves that it was not in the plans to take it all. Bethesda content from competitors.
Sony also gave examples of the fines that have been applied to Microsoft over the past few years and cited several cases that it considers an example of Microsoft’s attitude towards failing to keep promises made to the authorities.
Sony points out to regulators that Microsoft has broken promises to regulators several times and has been fined billions of dollars for it. Xbox tells EC there’s no incentive to keep Bethesda’s games off competing platforms and it did so anyway. # Star Proof of no confidence in Microsoft. P Lies… https://t.co/BFzo3OPpm4 pic.twitter.com/M1kdA0TuKZ
– Red Dragon (TWTHEREDDRAGON) March 10, 2023
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