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PlayStation CEO Jim Ryan personally conveyed the company’s concerns about the deal between Microsoft and Activision Blizzard to European regulators

portal Chronicle of Video Games Referring to Dealreporter, Sony Interactive Entertainment President and CEO Jim Ryan recently flew to European regulators to raise concerns about Microsoft’s upcoming $68.7 billion acquisition of Activision Blizzard.

    Image source: GamesIndustry

Image source: GamesIndustry

According to the deal reporter, Ryan visited the EU headquarters in Brussels on September 8 to present the Japanese platform owner’s arguments against the agreement between Microsoft and Activision Blizzard announced in January. It is not specified which theses the leader put forward.

According to the deal reporter, Ryan wasn’t the only industry figure who spoke personally to the European Commission about the record deal. Google officials have also reportedly approached regulators with their concerns.

    Image source: Xbox

Image source: Xbox

In the past, Sony Interactive Entertainment (via Ryan) has openly expressed concerns that Activision’s eventual joining of Microsoft could jeopardize the future of the military shooter series Call of Duty on PlayStation consoles.

According to Ryan, Microsoft Gaming CEO Phil Spencer has pledged to support Call of Duty for a period of “several years” at the end of Sony’s current deal with Activision, which the Japanese company’s management has been considering “unsatisfactory in many ways”.

    PlayStation users get early access to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 'Beta' (Image source: Activision)

PlayStation users get early access to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 ‘Beta’ (Image source: Activision)

Sony and Activision’s current deal is reportedly for the next three Call of Duty, including Modern Warfare 2 (released October 28), shareware battle royale Warzone 2.0 (November 16), and the new Treyarch game (which is rumored to be out in 2024 ). .

Earlier, the European Commission promised to approve the deal between Microsoft and Activision Blizzard by November 8 or investigate it further. Despite increased scrutiny from regulators, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella is more confident than ever that the deal will go through.

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