president MicrosoftBrad Smith announced in a Twitter post that the company has officially signed a file agreement with Nintendowhere he undertakes to publish games in the series Call of Duty on Switch and upcoming consoles of the Big N simultaneously with other platforms, if the Activision Blizzard acquisition materializes.
Previously, it was Microsoft itself that confirmed the existence of such an agreement, but Kyoto’s response was not disclosed. Well, apparently, Nintendo has now accepted the proposal.
“Microsoft and Nintendo have now negotiated and signed a binding 10-year legal agreement to bring Call of Duty to Nintendo gamers – on the same day as the Xbox platforms, with full functionality and content parity – so they can experience Call of Duty just like Xbox and PlayStation gamers.”, Read the press release from Microsoft.
“We are committed to providing equal long-term access to Call of Duty for other gaming platforms as well, giving more choice to more players and more competition in the gaming market.”
“We’ve now signed a binding 10-year contract to bring Xbox games to Nintendo gamers. This is just part of our commitment to bring Xbox games and Activision titles like Call of Duty to more players on more platforms,” the message from Microsoft President Brad Smith said.
As we know, Microsoft also proposed a similar agreement with Valve (owner of Steam) and Sony PlayStation, which you probably know is strongly against the acquisition of Activision Blizzard, since Call of Duty is a blockbuster series on PS5 and PS4.
In this regard, Jim Ryan, CEO of SIE, declared at the end of last year that the agreement that Microsoft proposed to Nintendo was just smoke and mirrors, that is, a way to divert attention from critical issues that arose from the acquisition of Activision Blizzards.
The news comes with particularly interesting timing, given that today Microsoft will be at a hearing with the European Commission to defend the maneuver.
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