Microsoft Claims Sony Pays “Blocking Rights” to Prevent Certain Titles From Releasing on Game Pass

Microsoft says that its "ability to continue expanding Game Pass has been hampered by Sony’s desire to inhibit such growth."

Posted By | On 11th, Aug. 2022

playstation xbox

Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision-Blizzard continues to be reviewed by various regulatory bodies worldwide, including Brazil which makes all documents for the process available online. Third parties like Sony have weighed in on the same, stating that it would take several years for a service rivaling Game Pass to emerge and the importance of the Call of Duty brand. This is all in regards to Microsoft’s acquisition being “anti-competitive.”

However, in an August 9th filing to the Administrative Council for Economic Defense (translation by The Verge), Microsoft made a strong claim. It believes Sony is paying “blocking rights” to keep developers from releasing content on Game Pass and “other competing subscription services.”

“Microsoft’s ability to continue expanding Game Pass has been hampered by Sony’s desire to inhibit such growth. Sony pays for ‘blocking rights’ to prevent developers from adding content to Game Pass and other competing subscription services.”

It’s a big accusation. However, this is likely different from deals with major publishers like Square Enix and Bethesda (before it was acquired by Microsoft) for timed exclusive games. It’s hard to speculate which titles Microsoft is referring to. Nevertheless, it seemingly believes that Sony is trying to halt the growth of Game Pass – a move that could be described as “anti-competitive” by some.

How the PlayStation manufacturer will respond to this claim remains to be seen so stay tuned.


Amazing Articles You Might Want To Check Out!

Share Your Thoughts Below  (Always follow our comments policy!)



Keep On Reading!

Test Drive Unlimited Solar Crown is Teasing a “Special Announcement” on May 30

Test Drive Unlimited Solar Crown is Teasing a “Special Announcement” on May 30

The open world racing game is in development for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, and PC, but doesn't have a re...

Resident Evil Zero Remake is Being Led by Resident Evil 3 Teams – Rumour

Resident Evil Zero Remake is Being Led by Resident Evil 3 Teams – Rumour

The rumoured Resident Evil Zero remake is being made by K2 and M-Two, it's been claimed.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 6 Teaser Seemingly Confirms Gulf War Setting

Call of Duty: Black Ops 6 Teaser Seemingly Confirms Gulf War Setting

Call of Duty: Black Ops 6 is leaning into its conspiratorial themes with its most recent teaser trailer.

Avowed Moved to Unreal Engine 5.3 with Support from The Coalition – Rumour

Avowed Moved to Unreal Engine 5.3 with Support from The Coalition – Rumour

Avowed developer Obsidian reportedly received a helping hand from the Gears of War studio to upgrade the RPG's...

2K Picks Up FIFA License for New Game This Year – Rumour

2K Picks Up FIFA License for New Game This Year – Rumour

A new football game franchise might be kicking off soon, with rumours that 2K has penned a deal with FIFA for ...

Baldur’s Gate 3’s Development Involved “a Bit of Crunch,” Director Says

Baldur’s Gate 3’s Development Involved “a Bit of Crunch,” Director Says

Larian Studios boss Swen Vincke has spoken about how development on Baldur's Gate 3 needed a little bit of cru...