Microsoft is launching the Xbox Mobile Shop to sell games directly on mobile devices from the likes of Apple and Google. Earlier this year, the software giant hinted that its “next-gen” shop would be “built for gaming” and now fully discloses those intentions in a classified file from the UK’s Competition Market Authority (CMA).
Sony’s concerns that Call of Duty could become an Xbox exclusive have been the focus of most acquisition argumentation. Sony’s main argument is that it’s unfair for Xbox to have exclusive rights to Call of Duty.
Activision Blizzard offers more than just that one franchise, but Sony’s opposition to the merger is primarily focused on Call of Duty. King, makers of the popular mobile game Candy Crush, will also be coming to Microsoft.
To compete with Apple’s App Store and Google Play, Microsoft needs to offer popular games like Candy Crush Saga and Call of Duty: Mobile.