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Sony Really Is Concerned About Microsoft's Xbox Strategy Following the Activision Blizzard Buyout

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Following the devastating cyber security attack that targeted Marvel’s Spider-Man 2 developer Insomniac Games, leaked slides have revealed Sony’s internal concern at competitor Microsoft’s emerging strategy following its $69 billion acquisition of Activision Blizzard.

Sony described the buyout, which brings the likes of Call of Duty, World of Warcraft, and Candy Crush within Xbox, as “the leapfrog”. It goes on to say Microsoft is now positioned to “leapfrog our current pillars”.

Sony points out the benefits of the acquisition, which arms Microsoft with strong live service games, scale in mobile, and a ready-made PC storefront in Battle.net. It also notes Microsoft is building its own mobile app store to challenge Apple’s App Store and the Google Play store, which is something Xbox boss Phil Spencer has spoken about multiple times in the past.

Sony goes on to express concern about the Call of Duty “threat” coming in 2027. In order to appease antitrust regulators, Microsoft signed a deal with Sony to keep Call of Duty on PlayStation, and according to these internal documents, that deal ends in 2027. Sony predicts a “massive” threat to its subscription service, PlayStation Plus, which amounts to $1.5 billion in annual revenue.


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