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Microsoft Reaches Fourth Call of Duty 10-Year Agreement Ahead of Activision Blizzard Merger

Microsoft has signed a 10-year agreement with Ubitus to give the cloud gaming platform access to Call of Duty when the Activision Blizzard acquisition closes.

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has announced a fourth 10-year agreement for , this time with cloud gaming platform Ubitus. The agreement is another step towards the company showing regulators its $69bn acquisition of will not stifle competition.

Ubitus is based in Taiwan and has technology that provides cloud gaming services, including delivering its games to Nintendo Switch users. For example, the company's platform brought Assassin's Creed Odyssey, Control, and Resident Evil 7 to Nintendo's popular console.

This is the latest such agreement following similar deals with Nintendo and 's GeForce Now. Also, earlier this week the company announced another 10-year agreement with Boosteroid, the largest independent cloud gaming platform in the world.

Call of Duty has largely been at the center of the debate on whether Microsoft's purchase of Activision will harm competition. Regulators in the UK, US, and Europe are currently investigating the merger before deciding whether to approve it or not.

“If the only argument is that Microsoft is going to withhold Call of Duty from other platforms, and we've now entered into contracts that are going to bring this to many more devices and many more platforms, that is a pretty hard case to make to a court,” said Microsoft president Brad Smith in an interview with The Wall Street Journal yesterday.

Sony Problem

However, Microsoft's console rival Sony still pushes back against the deal. Sony has been vocally against the acquisition since day one. The company admits Call of Duty is irreplaceable on PlayStation.

While a similar 10-year licensing agreement is on the table for Sony, the PlayStation company remains unimpressed. In fact, Sony has recently claimed Microsoft could purposely reduce the quality of Call of Duty and sabotage the game on other platforms.

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Last Updated on June 4, 2023 1:13 pm CEST

Luke Jones
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Luke has been writing about all things tech for more than five years. He is following Microsoft closely to bring you the latest news about Windows, Office, Azure, Skype, HoloLens and all the rest of their products.

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