The Brazilian watchdog states that even if Call of Duty gets removed from Sony's platform, the users will be able to switch to Xbox or PC or choose other games on PlayStation.
Microsoft's proposed acquisition of Activision Blizzard is currently being scrutinized by a number of regulators around the world, with one of them being the Brazilian Administrative Council for Economic Defense (CADE).
While several competition watchdogs are still conducting an in-depth investigation into the deal, with the UK's CMA making the final decision by November 8 and the European Commission setting a provisional deadline of November 8, the Brazilian regulator has already approved Microsoft's acquisition of Activision Blizzard.
The CADE has issued documentation where it stated it has approved of this deal "without restrictions". Along with its approval, the Brazilian watchdog also said that it believes that if Call of Duty disappears from the PlayStation, its users will be able to switch to Xbox or PC. The regulator, however, acknowledged that some PlayStation owners in this case may abandon the franchise and switch to other games on the platform.
The CADE also stated that Microsoft could make games published by Activision Blizzard exclusive to the Microsoft ecosystem, even if it hurts their sales and the popularity of Call of Duty, as it will help boost Xbox sales and expand the Game Pass subscriber base.
Nonetheless, the Brazilian regulator noted that it doubts that the exclusivity of Activision Blizzard games could harm competition in the market, since Sony has a rich portfolio of games, and Nintendo is almost completely independent of Call of Duty titles.
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