A new report claims that Sony Interactive Entertainment CEO and Chairman Jim Ryan met with EU antitrust chief Margrethe Vestager a few days ago to discuss the deal between Microsoft and Activision Blizzard.
The report comes from a Reuters source who has recently declined to elaborate on the discussion between Ryan and Vestager. He said the meeting came just as the EU antitrust group was preparing to warn Microsoft this week about the potential anti-competitive effects of the game company’s takeover in the biggest deal in gaming industry history.
One of the concerns of regulators about this big business was its ability to significantly reduce the ability of PlayStation to compete in the market. The Call of Duty series is developed by Activision and if it comes exclusively to Xbox, it could spell trouble for PlayStation.
Microsoft plans to complete the $68.7 billion acquisition of Activision Blizzard, which will soon become the biggest deal in the video game industry. For comparison, Take-Two acquired Zynga for $12.7 billion last year, which is a huge difference compared to the Microsoft Activision Blizzard deal.
You can see why Sony and regulators in other countries are very concerned about going through with this deal. However, there were other countries that have already favored the agreement such as Brazil, Serbia, Saudi Arabia and Chile.