With 10-year deals already signed with Nintendo and Nvidia for Call of Duty, Microsoft has recently partnered with cloud platform Boosteroid for a similar agreement – however, according to a recent Wall Street Journal article, Sony has yet to move on their own offer for the popular franchise. Recently, Microsoft president Brad Smith revealed that negotiations between the two companies have ceased.
Despite this, a recent post from Verge Senior Editor Tom Warren suggests that Microsoft is indeed forging ahead with other such deals. What’s more, Activision Blizzard’s Chief Communications Officer Lulu Cheng Meservey recently revealed why Sony had been declining their offer: SIE CEO Jim Ryan simply doesn’t want to strike the deal and is pursuing other plans instead.
So, will Sony ever take up Microsoft’s offer? It’s certainly possible; both companies have been trading back and forth for a while now and have yet to reach an agreement. However, until we see something in writing, it’s difficult to say what will happen.
It’s worth mentioning that there could be more motives at play – could Microsoft and Sony be vying for more favorable terms? Are Power Players involved in the negotiations? We may never know.
What we do know is that Sony is holding out from the Call of Duty offer – and the implications of that could be incredibly crucial for the gaming industry as a whole. We’ll just have to wait and see what the outcome of this particular struggle is.
What do you think? Do you think that Sony will eventually accept the offer, or will things stay as they are? Is this a ticking time bomb for the video game industry or just a classic corporate standoff? Share your thoughts in the comments below.