News Bit: Microsoft claims Sony is paying developers to skip Game Pass

Microsoft and Sony are in the middle of a heated argument over Microsoft's desire to acquire Activision Blizzard. Documents filed with Brazil's national competition regular reveal that Microsoft believes Sony is paying developers to not appear on their Game Pass.


As translated by The Verge, Microsoft states that Sony is actively trying to stop Xbox from growing. It reads that "Microsoft's ability to continue expanding Game Pass has been hampered by Sony's desire to inhibit such growth,". They believe Sony is paying for “blocking rights to prevent developers from adding content to Game Pass and other competing subscription services”.


The deal Microsoft mentions isn't uncommon in gaming. Xbox and PlayStation pay for console exclusivity deals on a regular basis and have done for years. Subscription service exclusivity doesn't seem that farfetched an idea considering it has a historical basis in gaming.


This seems to be Microsoft's response to Sony claiming players would move to Xbox if the Activision Blizzard deal goes through. Their main concern is the Call of Duty franchise despite Xbox publicly promising to keep the series on PlayStation.


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