Sony Group gaming chief Jim Ryan has called an offer by Microsoft to keep the Call of Duty series on PlayStation for a limited time inadequate.
Xbox maker Microsoft announced the $69 billion acquisition of Call of Duty maker Activision Blizzard in January and has pledged to keep the hit franchise on PlayStation beyond the existing agreement with Activision.
Microsoft has only offered for Call of Duty to remain on PlayStation for three years after the current agreement, Jim Ryan said in a statement.
“Their proposal was inadequate on many levels and failed to take account of the impact on our gamers,” Jim Ryan said.
The airing of private negotiation comes as Microsoft and Sony move to secure their games pipeline with a flurry of deals as advances in technology threaten the dominant position of platform operators.
The Activision Blizzard acquisition could damage the industry if Microsoft refused to give rivals access to Activision’s best-selling games, Britain’s antitrust regulator said last week.