Microsoft and Sony shake hands for Call of Duty

Emre Çitak
Jul 17, 2023
Updated • Jul 17, 2023

Call of Duty is one of the most popular video game franchises in the world, with over 300 million copies sold. The series is known for its fast-paced action, realistic graphics, and multiplayer modes.

Recently, Microsoft announced that it would be acquiring Activision Blizzard, the publisher of Call of Duty after a long period of trial. This acquisition raised concerns that Microsoft would make Call of Duty an Xbox exclusive, as it would give Microsoft a huge advantage in the console wars.

Phill Spencer, head of Xbox, has shared this decision on Twitter as follows:

The game that platforms can't share: Call of Duty

However, Microsoft has since assured that Call of Duty will remain available on PlayStation consoles. In a blog post, Microsoft Gaming CEO Phil Spencer said that "we believe that everyone should have the opportunity to play the games they love, regardless of the platform they choose".

This is a major win for Sony, as it had been concerned that Microsoft would make Call of Duty exclusive to Xbox.

The deal is also good for gamers, as it means that they will have more choice about where they can play Call of Duty.

Call of Duty's user base on Sony Playstation is not small

Call of Duty is a huge game on PlayStation consoles. In 2021, the Call of Duty franchise generated $15.9 billion in revenue, of which $800 million came from the PlayStation platform.

This means that there are a lot of Call of Duty players who use PlayStation consoles. If Microsoft had made Call of Duty an Xbox exclusive, it would have alienated a large portion of the Call of Duty player base.

Microsoft and Sony Call of Duty deal
Call of Duty has managed to generate $15.9 billion in revenue in 2021 - Image courtesy of Call of Duty

The game won't be Xbox exclusive, at least not anytime soon

The 10-year deal between Microsoft and Sony ensures that Call of Duty will remain available on PlayStation consoles until at least 2033. This means that Xbox gamers will have to wait a long time before they can exclusively play Call of Duty.

It is possible that Microsoft could make Call of Duty an Xbox exclusive after the 10-year deal expires. However, it is also possible that Microsoft will continue to make Call of Duty available on PlayStation consoles.

Only time will tell what the future holds for Call of Duty. However, for now, PlayStation gamers can rest assured that they will still be able to play this popular franchise.


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  1. bruh said on July 17, 2023 at 10:33 am

    8 years ago, such news would have killed me. However CoD have already lost their reputation in my eyes. I am not expecting any new or amazing or innovative games from the franchise for a while now.

    As long as legacy game support is unaffected, I say “you can have it, microsoft”. But man, I’ll never forget the games Activision made in the past, some of the best games ever.

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