Microsoft Announced has agreed partnerships with Nvidia and Nintendo as it tries to convince European Union officials to approve its $69 billion purchase of Activision Blizzard, the company behind the popular Call of Duty gaming franchise.
Microsoft Chairman Brad Smith held a closed-door meeting Tuesday with EU regulators and competitors in Brussels to address concerns that the Activision Blizzard acquisition could harm competition in the video game industry. The deal has also come under scrutiny from US and UK regulators.
(MSFT) said it has entered into a 10-year partnership with Nvidia to bring Xbox PC games to Nvidia’s cloud gaming service. in a statements, the software giant said the partnership “resolves Nvidia’s concerns with Activision Blizzard. Therefore, Nvidia offers its full support for the regulatory approval of the acquisition.”
Microsoft also revealed that it has finalized a 10-year agreement to bring the latest version of “Call of Duty” to Nintendo’s platform once the merger with Activision is complete.
Smith told CNN’s Richard Quest on Tuesday that “a lot has changed today because Microsoft has announced two deals that together will bring Call of Duty, the game everyone’s been talking about, to 150 million more people on Nintendo devices and games.” Nvidia cloud streaming services. He went on to say that these two agreements address concerns that Call of Duty will be less available than it is today and more available because of these two binding agreements.
“We really do have one main company that is opposed to this deal, and that is Sony, and we have made it clear that we are happy to sign a 10-year deal with Sony and we are prepared to enter into regulatory obligations as well, whether it be in London, Brussels or Washington,” Smith said. “So, in addition to a contract, we would have a duty under the law.”