Activision Blizzard CEO Bobby Kotick has accused Sony of "trying to sabotage" Microsoft's $69 billion acquisition of the company and claims that PlayStation boss Jim Ryan has "stopped talking" to both parties involved.
In an interview with the Financial Times, Kotick stated that 'Sony’s entire leadership team stopped talking to anyone at Microsoft. I think this is all Sony just trying to sabotage the transaction.” He goes on to say that "the whole idea that we are not going to support a PlayStation or that Microsoft would not support the PlayStation, it is absurd.”
Kotick is confident that the acquisition will go ahead, having hired Beth Wilkinson, a lawyer contracted by the Federal Trade Commission to lead a probe into Google back in 2012. Kotick says that Wilkinson "feels like if she is going to have to litigate against the FTC, she will absolutely crush them".
The FTC has confirmed it will attempt to block the acquisition, and the UK government has determined that, if successful, such an acquisition could "harm gamers".
The current war of words has been raging for more than a year now, and the stakes remain incredibly high. Disregard the ludicrous $69 billion price tag and consider, for a moment, how popular COD is; according to a recent survey, 88% of PlayStation owners bought their console for a single game, and of that number, 73% said that that game was Call of Duty. Considering how bullish Sony has been about its console numbers recently, that is potentially a lot of money being left on the table and absolutely worth fighting for.
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