Microsoft and PlayStation Sign a 10-Year “Binding Agreement To Keep Call of Duty on PlayStation”

Published 07/16/2023, 10:19 AM EDT

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Following a lot of tussle between the two, it looks like both Microsoft and Sony have reached a settlement regarding Call of Duty and its future on PlayStation. A massive piece of news related to Activision’s action franchise was just announced by none other than the Xbox boss himself.

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Phil Spencer recently took to Twitter to reveal that the Xbox maker and PlayStation have signed an agreement to keep Call of Duty on Sony’s gaming consoles in the future.

Call of Duty to stay on PlayStation, it’s confirmed


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Phil Spencer wrote that his team is “pleased to announce that Microsoft and PlayStation have signed a binding agreement to keep Call of Duty on PlayStation following the acquisition of Activision Blizzard.” He also wrote that both the companies are looking “forward to a future where players globally have more choices to play their favorite games.”

It simply means that both Xbox, as well as PS players, will be able to enjoy future installments of Activision’s popular IP. For the last few months, PlayStation’s team has been stubborn on this entire situation. Previously, many people believed that CoD may leave Sony’s console line-up completely in case there’s no common ground between Microsoft and the gaming giant.


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Soon after Mr. Spencer, Microsoft President Brad Smith also posted a tweet while committing to CoD titles on more platforms going forward. “From Day One of this acquisition, we’ve been committed to addressing the concerns of regulators, platform and game developers, and consumers,” he wrote.

Mr. Smith emphasized focusing on the availability of CoD entries to as many gamers as possible in the future. All things considered, it’s great news for video game enthusiasts across the globe, especially those, who are on PlayStation and didn’t want to lose Call of Duty after Activision Blizzard’s acquisition by the Xbox maker.

Following the announcement from Phil, Xbox’s Sarah Bond wrote in her tweet that the newly signed agreement is “another step in our mission to bring everyone who loves to play, together.”

Gaming fans celebrate the big move

As it was expected to happen, most of the people are happy with this update. On Twitter, gaming lovers didn’t waste a single second in expressing their feelings as soon as Mr. Spencer broke the news.

Update on duration of Microsoft-PlayStation deal for CoD

Within hours after the news was initially shared publicly, Axios’ Stephen Totilo revealed that the binding agreement between Microsoft and PlayStation to keep Call of Duty on PS consoles is for 10 years. Mr. Totilo mentioned this crucial detail in a tweet. He mentioned that the information was confirmed to him directly by Sony.

Update on the signed agreement between Microsoft and PlayStation for CoD

After PlayStation disclosed the duration of the new deal, the Xbox maker also unveiled few more key details on the same. Within hours after the original announcement on the agreement, The Verge’s Tom Warren took to Twitter to clarify certain things.

He wrote that the “Call of Duty deal is limited to CoD” only. Simply put, it guarantees access to only CoD titles on the PlayStation – not other Activision IPs. Kari Perez, head of global communications at Xbox confirmed this updated information. Also, this deal will see the same version of CoD installments released with same features and content across all platforms (PlayStation, Xbox, PC, and Nintendo Switch).


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When will Activision and Microsoft close the deal?

It’s expected to close in the next few weeks. It’s also because Microsoft and Activision might extend their merger agreement in order to resolve UK CMA’s concerns on the $68.7 billion deal. For those who are not aware, the original announcement regarding the same was made more than a year ago in January 2022.


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What are your thoughts on the big news coming from Phil Spencer? If you are a PlayStation user, are you happy to know that CoD will stay on the console? Let us know in the comments.

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Mintu Tomar


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