Call of Duty
Activision Blizzard executive makes fun of Sony with meme mocking Call of Duty deal
An Activision Blizzard executive has mocked Sony for opposing the Microsoft takeover deal over fears surrounding Call of Duty.
An Activision Blizzard executive has shared a meme ridiculing Sony as the PlayStation company continues to oppose Microsoft’s takeover that would see Call of Duty fall under their control.
It’s been over a year since Microsoft announced their shock buyout of Activision Blizzard, in what would be one of the biggest takeovers the gaming industry has ever seen. If successful, all of Activision Blizzard’s IPs would fall under the Microsoft banner going forward.
Despite Microsoft repeatedly claiming that Call of Duty, the publisher’s flagship property, would not become an Xbox exclusive if the takeover goes through, Sony have strongly opposed the deal.
Now, an Activision Blizzard Chief Commercial Officer, Lulu Cheng Meservey, has shared an image that obviously pokes fun at Sony for their continued fight to stop the takeover from happening.
The meme shows a boy riding a bike who is marked as Sony, followed by a second image with the text: “Refuses to accept guaranteed long-term access to COD.”
Finally, the third panel shows the boy after he’s fallen off the bike, asking himself “What if we lose access to COD.”
Sony have frequently used the scale of Call of Duty as a reason to stand against the Microsoft takeover, submitting documents that argue the series is “unique among AAA games because of its popularity, loyalty, and the enormous resources Activision commits to developing the franchise.”
While Sony are clearly concerned about Call of Duty’s future on PlayStation, Microsoft have reportedly offered to put future CoD titles on PlayStation Plus alongside their own Xbox Game Pass as a way of sweetening the deal.
Then, in February 2023, Microsoft confirmed that CoD will arrive on Nintendo Switch in the future, seemingly doubling down on their commitment to keeping the series on all platforms.
However, Sony are yet to accept any of Microsoft’s offers and continues to do everything in their power to stop the buyout from going throw. With this in mind, we wouldn’t be surprised to see more back and forth Sony continues to fight for Call of Duty on PlayStation.
Image credit: Activision
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