Microsoft recently blamed Sony to pay developers and publishers in order not to release their games on the Xbox Game Pass service. A very heavy accusation that fits within a proceeding carried out by the Brazilian supervisory bodieswho are called upon to comment on the acquisition of Activision Blizzard by the House of Redmond.
During the hearings at the Carioca antitrust, both Sony and Microsoft have repeatedly made clear their conflicting positions. For example, the first fears a Microsoft monopoly in the first-person shooter field, this is because acquiring Activision Blizzard would give the American company full control of the Call of Duty franchise. On the other hand, according to what was reported on the VGC columnsSony is actively hindering the growth of Xbox Game Pass according to Microsoft.
“Given that exclusivity policies have always been at the heart of Sony’s strategies to consolidate its position in the video game industry, and that Sony is a leader in digital video game distribution, Sony’s fears about possible content exclusivity of Activision is inconsistent, ”Microsoft filed documents during the proceedings read. “This reveals, once again, Sony’s fears of an innovative business model that offers high-quality content at a low price for gamers, and this could threaten a leadership it has forged over the years through a strategy focused on exclusives.”
Microsoft itself then directly accused Sony: “The expansion of the Game Pass service by Microsoft has met with the obstruction of Sony that wants such growth to be blocked. Sony pays for so-called ‘blocking fees’ to prevent developers from porting their content to Game Pass or other competitor subscription services. “
In other words, according to Microsoft, Sony would be moving to counter those business models that risk compromising its position as market leader.