Microsoft continues adding points that can (or at least should) be decisive when the regulators who are studying the purchase of Activision-Blizzard by those from Redmond get ahead. As you will remember, a few weeks ago we learned that the company had signed separate contracts with Nintendo and with NVIDIA, with which the company ensures that its games (and those of Activision-Blizzard, if the purchase can finally be completed) will reach both Nintendo Switch as to the GeForce Now cloud gaming service.
Sony’s main argument for trying to turn regulators against the acquisition is that Microsoft may abuse its dominant position, limiting the arrival of Activision-Blizzard titles to its own ecosystem, that is, to Xbox and Xbox Cloud. However, those from Redmond have insisted to exhaustion in their intention to ensure that they, especially Call of Duty, continue to arrive regularly on PlayStation, both within the period already agreed before the purchase operation began, and also afterwards.
Sony, in response, has argued that it does not trust Microsoft, saying both that the company could renege on contracts it is currently signing (including those it has offered to Sony), and that they could release versions of Call of Duty. having problems on PlayStation. Two accusations that, without supporting evidence, and even more so considering that Microsoft is a company closely watched by regulators, do not seem particularly sustainable.
In any case, and to reinforce its position, in just 24 hours we have learned of Microsoft agreements with two other cloud gaming services, which will bring their games to these platforms for at least 10 years. They are, of course, less well-known announcements than the previous ones, given that the main cloud gaming platforms are Xbox Cloud, owned by Microsoft, and GeForce Now, with which it has already signed a similar collaboration. However, it is further proof that Microsoft’s will is to maximize the reach of its games and those of Activision-Blizzard.
The first of them, with whom he signed the agreement yesterday, is Boosteroida cloud gaming service originating in Ukraine that combines free games with others that you need to own in order to play them on the platform.
The second agreement, signed today, has as a co-star ubitus, a company that provides cloud gaming solutions to other gaming and telecommunications companies. Ubitus has a vast library of games that includes titles from Capcom, 2K, Atari, Konami, Sega, and others.
With these new agreements, Microsoft further extends the reach of its games, and makes it more difficult for Sony and regulators to point in the direction that Redmond’s intentions are to limit the reach of Activision-Blizzard titles, if they finally manage to complete the purchase operation.