Activision Blizzard exec calls out Sony’s Jim Ryan for farce over Call of Duty

You’d think Microsoft would be content to just sit back and let Sony skewer itself on the sharp edge of its own paranoid freakout about the potential market competition fostered by Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision-Blizzard. And you would be right! But Activision Blizzard execs apparently think it’s a great idea to spin that iconic knife anyway.

Kotaku has done the thankless job of succeeding Activision-Blizzard’s Chief Communications Officer and Executive VP of Corporate Affairs Lulu Cheng Meservey, whose main public claim to fame since rising to those roles has been openly participating in ABK’s anti-union culture attend, at least when she’s not too busy annoying video games journalists with their now large Xbox fan base. However, this week it is Call Sony’s Jim Ryan simply citing his own stated goals when it comes to the merger.

“Microsoft offered Sony (the dominant console leader with 80% market share for well over a decade) a 10-year contract on far better terms than Sony would ever get from us. We also offered Sony guaranteed long-term access to Call of Duty. But they keep refusing. Why? The CEO of SIE answered this question in Brussels. In his words: “I don’t want a new Call of Duty deal. I just want to block your merger.’”

Meservey’s follow-up clarifies that he said it on February 21. Sony has apparently neither confirmed nor denied that this happened, although given the way Sony has repeatedly denied Microsoft’s attempts to negotiate access call of Duty (not to mention the refusal to take calls from Activision), it’s certainly believable.

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