The company claims in a recent document for the acquisition of Activision Blizzard that Sony is “inhibiting” the growth of Game Pass by paying for “blocking rights”.
Microsoft affirms in a recent document presented before the Administrative Council for Economic Defense (CADE) of Brazil for the review of the acquisition of Activision Blizzard that Sony pays for “blocking rights” so that some video games cannot be included in Xbox Game Pass (via TheVerge ). In the same document, the company has highlighted that “it would not be profitable” to make the Call of Duty saga an exclusive for Xbox and PC consoles because “it would not have any competitive impact.” Regarding the issue that concerns us in this news, the company categorically states that “
“Sony pays for ‘blocking rights’ to prevent developers from adding content to Game Pass and other competing subscription services,” says Microsoft. It should be noted that Sony could be paying for exclusive rights to its own subscription services or, according to The Verge, the company could have clauses in some publishing contracts that prevent some games it publishes from being published on rival subscription services. . Of course, on the other hand, the aforementioned media recalls that this would not be the first time that Sony has used economic incentives to block certain companies : during the PS4 epic, it is stated that the company implemented for years an income quota for cross playfor publishers who would like to enable cross-play in their games.
In the same document, we can read that the company has highlighted that “the inclusion of Activision Blizzard content in Xbox Game Pass does not harm the ability of other players to compete in the market for digital distribution of games.” The company argues that the addition of Activision Blizzard titles will increase competition thanks to “high-quality content at a lower immediate cost . “