The investigation does not mention Phil Spencer’s intentions to keep Call of Duty multiplatform. Spencer recently announced a new deal to keep the popular FPS franchise on Nintendo franchises for the foreseeable future.
THE UK CMA BELIEVES AN APPROVED MERGER WILL RESULT IN FAR MORE XBOX CONSOLES SOLD
Based on their research, the CMA says that Microsoft will find it beneficial to make Call of Duty an Xbox exclusive. This goes against what we’ve previously reported: Microsoft’s intentions to keep the franchise multiplatform.
“The CMA’s provision findings note that this strategy, of buying gaming studios and making their content exclusive to Microsoft’s platforms, has been used by Microsoft following several previous acquisitions of games studios,”