In the context of the hot FTC lawsuit against Microsoft, the revenue that Call of Duty is bringing to the PlayStation platform has been revealed.
Sony has inadvertently revealed the revenue Call of Duty brings to PlayStation in a poorly edited document. The details come to light amid ongoing FTC hearings with Microsoft in which Sony has been vocal about Microsoft’s actions including Starfield exclusivity and Xbox Game Pass subscriptions. Now, a new reveal has hinted at how much money Call of Duty has brought to the PlayStation platform financially.
Over the past few months, Activision Blizzard’s Call of Duty franchise has taken center stage in a lawsuit against Microsoft’s pending $68.7 billion acquisition. Sony has repeatedly spoken out against the idea of Microsoft owning Call of Duty, with numerous reasons and complaints such as that the quality of future Call of Duty titles on PlayStation will be degraded until Full Xbox exclusive capabilities. However, even if Microsoft makes verbal and written commitments that brands like Call of Duty will be ported to other platforms like PlayStation in the near future, Sony’s concerns have not subsided. reduce or make concessions. Now, after the FTC lawsuit against Microsoft, Sony has inadvertently released an explanation as to why the company is so trying to block the deal to buy Activision Blizzard.
So far, the ongoing FTC hearings with Microsoft have revealed an important detail that, according to one of Jim Ryan’s letters, Call of Duty has generated more than $800 million in revenue for PlayStation alone. in the United States and up to $1.5 billion worldwide by 2021. The letter also states that Playstation Call of Duty players spent an average of $15.9 billion per year between 2019 and 2020. 2021 for devices, accessories, subscriptions, games, and other PlayStation services. It’s not even surprising that there are about 1 million PlayStation gamers playing nothing other than Call of Duty, according to Jim Ryan’s poorly edited letter.
It’s not just Sony that has problems with the Activision acquisition. According to an email sent to Xbox director Phil Spencer, Bethesda raised concerns after Microsoft promised to keep Call of Duty on PlayStation. Bethesda VP of Global Marketing Pete Hines asked about Microsoft’s logic in maintaining exclusivity and implementing cross-platform projects. The problem arose after Microsoft acquired Zenimax Media and decided to withdraw some of Bethesda’s projects from PlayStation and exclusively for Xbox and PC.
In addition to Call of Duty, the PlayStation CEO also commented on Microsoft’s Xbox Game Pass subscription service during the FTC v. Microsoft hearing. Jim Ryan believes that Xbox Game Pass is destructive and that all publishers “agree not to like Game Pass”. When asked about his statements, the CEO replied that he regularly chats with publishers and that their opinion against Game Pass is “the usual view”. Either way, it remains to be seen how things play out regarding the Activision Blizzard deal, although it’s clear that Sony is unlikely to back down from its objections.