The Morning After: Did Microsoft just neg Blizzard Activision?

In a recent filing, Microsoft told the New Zealand Trade Commission that Blizzard does not make Activision “must-have” games. Strange to say when the company plans to spend $68.7 billion to buy the gaming giant behind Call of Duty, Overwatch, Diablo, and World of Warcraft and much more.

In the document, Microsoft said, “There is nothing unique about the video games developed and published by Activision Blizzard that is a ‘must have’ for competing PC and console video game distributors raising foreclosure concerns.”

Attempting to downplay the importance of Call of Duty is just one of the ways Microsoft has tried to placate regulators. In February, the company pledged to continue making the franchise available on PlayStation consoles beyond existing agreements between Sony and Activision.

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