Brazil's Economic Protection and Regulation Commission (CADE) on Wednesday approved Microsoft's acquisition of Activision Blizzard without any restrictions.
Given the popularity of Call of Duty, CADE believes that if SONY loses Call of Duty, some PlayStation users will migrate to Xbox or even PC, but loyal gamers may leave the series to play only PlayStation games.
CADE also believes that Microsoft's acquisition of Activision Blizzard is not a charity but a boost for Xbox and Game Pass, even if Call of Duty becomes a Microsoft exclusive and loses some sales and popularity.
CADE think SONY lost duty not disruptive effects on the game industry ecology, monopoly itself is part of ecology, such as SONY own exclusive was for many years, which has the industry's most rich experience, the largest user base, installed capacity, highest group of eminent exclusive works, close the distributor network, brand loyal users, Even without the Activision Blizzard portfolio, the PlayStation brand will remain competitive.
“ It must be noted that CADE's aim in protecting competition is to defend the interests of Brazilian consumers, not to participate in the interests of one side of the competition. So while we can see some SONY players moving to Microsoft when Call of Duty becomes exclusive to Microsoft, this possibility won't jeopardize the competition. ”
In addition to Brazil, Saudi Arabia approved the acquisition in August; The FTC could rule by the end of November; The UK regulator is due to make a decision by March 1. SONY is pinning all its hopes on British and European regulators.