Ooh boy, here’s some more CMA regulatory drama for the party peeps. So today, Microsoft and Sony’s statements on the Activision-Blizzard merger were published publicly by the UK regulatory body, the CMA. We’ve seen snippets of them shared before, but now we have the whole thing, and it’s a hilarious insight into Sony’s generalized hypocrisy over this whole ordeal. Sony claims Microsoft could foreclose content from Xbox (something Sony does with impunity), while restricting competition (something Sony does by forcing third parties to deny Xbox Game Pass deals), and, get this, Sony claims Microsoft could raise console prices (right after raising the price of the PS5 in most markets).
Beyond all of that fun stuff, Sony also inadvertently shared a snippet of news that is of particular interest to Microsoft watchers. That of Xbox Game Pass’ growth. There have been reports that Xbox Game Pass has repeatedly missed growth targets — evidence based only on the fact that certain Microsoft executive bonuses are tied to specific aspirational goals for the service. Regardless of whether or not any specific targets have been missed, it seems Xbox Game Pass is gradually growing.