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Sony-Microsoft battle over Call of Duty ends

Call of Duty will stay on PlayStation after Sony and Microsoft signed a “binding agreement” on the future of the shooter.  

Microsoft Gaming CEO Phil Spencer announced the deal in a tweet on Sunday afternoon (UTC): 

The deal keeps COD on PS for 10 years after Microsoft’s proposed buyout of the game’s publisher Activision Blizzard, according to reports.

The $69 billion acquisition, said to be the largest in the industry’s history, moved a step closer last week when a US judge rejected a move by the Federal Trade Commission to stop it. The US regulator had argued the deal would reduce competition. 

When Microsoft first announced its proposal to buy Activision in January 2022, the offer to Sony included keeping “all existing Activision console titles on Sony, including future versions in the Call of Duty franchise or any other current Activision franchise on Sony through December 31st, 2027”, The Verge reported. This latest agreement extends that period to 10 years, but for Call of Duty only. 

Microsoft has also reached a 10-year deal with platform rival Nintendo. 

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