Microsoft Signs 10-Year Deal With EE to Bring Activision Games to Its Customers
Phil Spencer has taken to Twitter to announce that Microsoft has signed yet another 10-deal with another company to bring Activision Blizzard games to its customers. This time, Spencer announced that the deal is with EE.
Spencer announced, “Microsoft and EE are expanding our partnership with a 10-year commitment in cloud gaming to bring PC games built by Activision Blizzard, following the acquisition, and Xbox to EE customers. We are committed to bring more games to more people, however they choose to play.”
Microsoft has also publically stated that the company has offered Sony a 10-year deal, too. But as of the time of writing, Sony has not yet agreed to its terms. The ongoing dispute between both companies has been widely publicized since Microsoft’s proposed acquisition of Activision Blizzard. Primarily, Sony argued that Call of Duty is fundamental to its platform and 1st party games, whereas Microsoft argues it needs Activision Blizzard to compete with Sony. Microsoft has even argued that the 10-year deal gives Sony enough time to build a Call of Duty competitor if needed.
The deal has been met with some concerns from governing bodies worldwide, with the major hurdle for Microsoft seemingly being from the UK CMA. However, in March, the CMA’s provisional findings found that the transaction will not result in a substantial lessening of competition in relation to console gaming in the UK. The UK CMA will report its final report on April 26, 2023.
What do you think of the 10-year deal between Microsoft and EE?