The UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has been setting the tone in the gaming media, after blocking Microsoft’s purchase of Activision Blizzard, stating that after their investigation, this merger would harm the competition and mostly blaming Xbox Game Pass.
Decision that has generated several debates, which will surely continue to appear as the days go by, where specialists have tried to delve into the reasons that led to the verdict. Something that the gaming communities are also doing, there being a sector that rightly blames Jim Ryan, head of Sony, indicating that he deceived the CMA in his desire to stop the purchase, seeing the Call of Duty franchise in danger on PlayStation, the which could end up being exclusive to Xbox.
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There have been several publications that indicate this, which have been seen on Twitter, saying “pathetic. Jim Ryan clearly misled the CMA into initially raising nonsensical talking points against the Activison Blizzard deal only to have to turn around and abandon them once it was shown how clumsy it was to even raise them,” shared another player who says that “as someone from the UK who is a fan of PlayStation, you are idiots and have no idea how the games market works. They were probably bribed behind closed doors by Jim Ryan to block it.”
Head of Sony who was also used to create the inevitable memes, some even published in a tone of mockery for the blocking of the CMA and even defending the executive, saying: “Well, in the end, Jim Ryan did what any company boss would do: defend it to the last consequences. Now we have to see what the Activision-PlayStation relationship will be like”.
Claims and mockery that despite seeming somewhat conspiracy, if analyzed well (leaving aside the bribery that is extreme) could have some truth since Ryan’s participation was constant during the CMA review. Mainly complaining about the Call of Duty saga, even indicating that if the purchase went through, Microsoft could release defective versions of CoD on PlayStation.
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