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Microsoft’s Offer to Sony for Call of Duty Includes Subscription Service

Regulators in the US, UK and EU are concerned Microsoft’s bid for Activision could lock up game services

Activision Blizzard’s Call of Duty Modern Warfare II.  

Activision Blizzard’s Call of Duty Modern Warfare II.  

Source: Activision Blizzard

In a bid to win regulatory approval for its $69 billion purchase of Activision Blizzard Inc., Microsoft Corp. has offered rival Sony Group Corp. the right to sell Activision blockbuster Call of Duty as part of its gaming subscription service. 

Microsoft has publicly stated that it offered Sony a 10-year deal to make Call of Duty available on the Japanese company’s PlayStation console. The proposal, which Sony hasn’t accepted, also includes rights to sell the title on the PlayStation Plus service, which gives gamers access to a catalog of games for a monthly fee, according to a person familiar with the negotiations who declined to be identified because the talks are confidential.