Microsoft promised to bring Call of Duty to Nintendo and continue to offer the game on its consoles for 10 years, if its acquisition of Activision Bli
Microsoft promised to bring Call of Duty to Nintendo and continue to offer the game on its consoles for 10 years, if its acquisition of Activision Blizzard goes through.

Phil Spencer, CEO of Microsoft Gaming, announced the company's commitment on Twitter, adding that "Microsoft is committed to helping bring more games to more people — no matter how they choose to play."

Spencer previously said in an interview that the company intends to treat Call of Duty like Minecraft is meant to be available on all platforms and that he "would love to have the game come to Switch". Switch console generations will also experience Call of Duty.

Additionally, Spencer has announced that Microsoft will continue to offer CoD on Steam, along with Xbox, after the deal closes. As The New York Times reports, the announcement could be a move to appease the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and get regulators to take their side.

The FTC is expected to discuss the Activision Blizzard acquisition in a closed-door meeting on Thursday, where the agency will decide whether to take steps to block the deal.

In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Microsoft President Brad Smith argued that the acquisition of Activision Blizzard would be good for gamers. He said if the FTC blocked the deal "it would be a big mistake", hurting competition in the industry.

Smith also said that Microsoft has offered to sign with Sony, the biggest opponent of the merger, a 10-year contract that guarantees all new CoD releases will be available on PlayStation the same day they launch on Xbox.

“We are willing to offer the same commitment to other platforms,” he said. Whether these efforts will be enough to assure regulators that the acquisition will not be detrimental to the gaming industry remains to be seen.
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