Microsoft is in the process of acquiring Activision Blizzard but the deal has to be approved by some 20 regulatory bodies around the world, including the Brazilian government. This week, statements from companies in the industry regarding the agreement were released, among which those from Sony stand out for their pessimistic attitude.
The Brazilian government sent questionnaires to some companies in the video game industry in order to find out what they thought of the agreement between Microsoft and Activision, what the industry will look like once it is finalized, and what they think of subscription services compared to premium releases. .
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In addition to ensuring that no developer could create a franchise to rival Call of Duty, Sony said COD remains an independent genre within the video game industry. However, the other companies disagree, as we saw in responses from Ubisoft, Bandai Namco, and Riot Games.
Sony agrees that subscription services compete with premium game releases that require a one-time payment, but believes that the low price of subscription services can be anti-competitive for publishers, as they take longer to recover their revenues. investments than with premium sales.
That’s not all, as Sony also believes that subscription services can be harmful to players by reducing the quality of the games they receive. A few months ago Jim Ryan had said that if they launch their games on PS Plus from day one they would have to increase the price of the service and reduce investment in the development of new video games.