Microsoft Accuses Sony Of Dirty Tactics To Keep Games Off Xbox Game Pass
Sony's argument primarily comes down to Microsoft gaining control of Activision's "Call of Duty" franchise. While its popularity has fallen off a bit since its glory days, Call of Duty is still an enormous titan of the gaming industry. Sony says that
Well, Microsoft points out that Sony's entire marketing strategy when it comes to its PlayStation brand is based around exclusive games—an area where, as hardcore gamers well know, Microsoft has long been lacking. Even beyond that, though, Microsoft notes that the Activision purchase won't make Call of Duty exclusive to Xbox platforms, as the company has already committed to continuing further CoD releases on PlayStation.
Microsoft purportedly goes on to state that Sony pays for "blocking rights" to "prevent developers form adding content to Game Pass and other competing subscription services." If true, this is certainly pretty poor behavior; it smacks of the Epic Games Store's unsavory exclusivity tactics that it has used while trying to wedge itself into the PC space.