Microsoft is committed to carrying the Activision Blizzard IP to Sony and Nintendo consoles “beyond current agreements”
Microsoft has published an open letter about its future company policies.
The company indicates that the text has been developed “in part to address the growing role and responsibility of Microsoft when we are starting the process of seeking regulatory approval in capital around the world for our acquisition of Blizzard Activision.”
Microsoft is committed to adapting to the new laws designed to promote competition, especially in apps markets. Much of the text is dedicated to the principles that will guide the Microsoft Store to ensure a free competition.
Later there is talk of the acquisition of Activision Blizzard, an operation worth 70,000 million dollars announced last January. The Redmond company understands that this purchase can awaken doubts to regulatory bodies, so it has wanted to leave clear two points.
The first of them is that “Microsoft will continue to create Call of Duty and other popular titles available at PlayStation during the duration of existing agreements with Activision” but they have also committed themselves with Sony to “make them remain available at PlayStation beyond agreements Current and in the future so that Sony fans continue to enjoy the games they love. ” They also indicate that they are interested in taking similar measures to “support the successful Nintendo platform”.
“We believe that this is the right thing for the industry, for players and for our business.”
The second point has to do with the Xbox store itself. Microsoft indicates that the laws that are being approved to regulate PC app stores and mobile devices do not take into account the consoles and consider that rightly, since “video game consoles, specifically, are sold to loss players To establish a robust and viable ecosystem for game developers. These costs are then recovered by the income generated in the dedicated store of consoles. “
Despite this lack of legislation, the same basic principles will be applied to the Xbox store than to the Microsoft Store in almost all principles. The points of which remain outside the Xbox store are those related to those of “freedom of developers”, as the possibility of allowing foreign payment systems for in-Game purchases, for example, although they assure that they will try both stores Apps finishes being more similar in the future.