PlayStation Dunks on Battlefield in court documents

PlayStation made some relatively disparaging comments about EA and Battlefield in some new court documents. Since the start of 2022, there has been a lot of buzz about Microsoft’s intention to buy Activision for just $70 billion. This would then make Xbox the owner of major franchises like Call of Duty, a series that just had the biggest entertainment opening of 2022, making a billion dollars in days from its latest entry. The franchise has historically topped the annual sales charts, despite being released in the last 2 months of the year, and has made a killing for the publisher. This has led to concerns that PlayStation could lose access to Call of Duty in the future, despite Xbox reaffirming that this would not be the case.

Nevertheless, due to regulations and such, it has led the platform holders to try and argue why Call of Duty is or isn’t a big deal. Sony, of course, is trying to argue why it’s important it’s not being acquired by a platform holder and has had an interesting discussion about the competition. In submitted an application to the UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), Sony argued that Call of Duty is unique and stated that even its closest rivals like Battlefield cannot touch it.

To give a concrete example, Electronic Arts – one of the largest third-party developers after Activision – has spent years trying to become a rival for Duty with his Battlefield series,” the submission reads. “Despite the similarities between Duty and Battlefield—and despite EA’s track record of developing other successful AAA franchises (such as FIFA, Mass effect, Need for speedand Star Wars: Battlefront)-the Battlefield franchise can’t keep up.”

While there’s certainly some truth to the fact that Battlefield isn’t putting up the numbers that Call of Duty is, Battlefield isn’t unsuccessful either. Of course it had a rocky launch with Battlefield 2042but it was the fifth best-selling in the US in 2021. Nevertheless, it seems Sony is determined to ensure that Call of Duty remains available to everyone.

Do you agree with Sony’s assessment? Let me know in the comments or give me a call Twitter @Cade_Onder.

[H/T The Verge]

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