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Brief history of Sony’s M&A deals: how PlayStation brought together 20+ first-party studios
Sony remains one of the largest game publishers in the world, constantly expanding both through nurturing internal teams and buying new studios (e.g. its latest acquisition of Firewalk Studios). Here’s a brief guide to the history of PlayStation’s M&A deals and all the developers it currently owns.
Sony becomes Metacritic’s top publisher of 2022, while previous champion Microsoft fails to make the list
Metacritic has shared its 2022 game publisher rankings. This year’s list has some shakeups, with Sony taking the top spot and companies like Paradox, Focus Entertainment, and Annapurna climbing up.
Microsoft rejects UK regulator’s divestment proposal. Sony wants CoD to “remain in independent hands”
Microsoft and Sony have responded to the provisional findings of the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority. The main stumbling blocks are the potential exclusivity of Call of Duty and the impact of the Activision Blizzard deal on consoles and subscription services.
FTC grants Microsoft access to Sony’s exclusivity agreements and some of its internal documents
The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has ruled on Sony’s motion to ban Microsoft from searching its internal documents related to the Activision Blizzard deal. The Japanese publisher will now have to mostly comply with the subpoena.
Report: Jim Ryan skeptical of Game Pass power: “We’ve sold more PS5’s in two years than they have gathered subscribers”
Sony has been trying to convince antitrust regulators that the Activision Blizzard acquisition would make Microsoft a dominant force in game subscription services. However, Sony Interactive Entertainment CEO Jim Ryan has reportedly told employees that the company doesn’t view Game Pass as a potential threat to PS Plus.
Microsoft offered Sony 10-year deal to keep Call of Duty on PlayStation, as regulatory pressure intensifies
Microsoft still needs to get approval from more than 10 regulators across the globe to close the acquisition of Activision Blizzard. The company is now also trying to reach an agreement with PlayStation regarding the future of Call of Duty.
PlayStation profit drops 49% in Q2 due to increased game development and acquisition-related costs
Sony has issued a report for the second quarter ended September 30, 2022. Although the company’s gaming revenue continued to grow, its profit significantly declined due to increased costs and other factors.
Microsoft wants to bring more Chinese games to Xbox after missing out on Genshin Impact success
It seems that Microsoft regrets missing out on Genshin Impact, so now it wants to make up for lost opportunities. The company is reportedly scouting for Chinese games to strengthen its positions in the console race against Sony.
Sony plans to invest more in PC, mobile, and live service games amid growing competition
Sony is now looking for more opportunities for its expansion outside the console market. PlayStation Studios head Hermen Hulst said the company wants to increase its investment in PC, mobile, and live service titles.
Reggie Fils-Aimé: Lack of innovation in large corporations will lead to more devs starting smaller studios
Former Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aimé has commented on the latest M&A activity in the games industry. He thinks that the acquisition sprees we see from giants like Microsoft and Sony will lead to prominent devs leaving these corporations.