September 30, 2023

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella went to testify in a San Francisco federal court docket yesterday to defend the corporate’s $68 billion acquisition of Activision Blizzard. And as different Microsoft gaming execs beforehand stated, Nadella reiterated that the corporate’s intention to make Activision Blizzard video games accessible on extra platforms.

Nadella really went a bit additional than that yesterday and shared his dislike for the idea of console-exclusive video games. “I grew up in an organization that all the time believed that software program ought to run in as many platforms as potential, and that’s simply the Microsoft I grew up in, I consider in that,” the Microsoft CEO stated yesterday (by way of VGC).

In fact, Nadella is aware of that unique video games are a part of the competitors within the console market. Lately, Microsoft spend billions of {dollars} to amass studios to create extra unique video games for the Xbox and PC ecosystem. However based on Nadella, that is simply the results of Microsoft having to observe the principles of the sport created by its rivals.

“If it was as much as me, I might like to do away with all the exclusives on consoles, however that’s not for me to outline, particularly as a low-share participant within the console market,” Nadella stated. “The dominant participant there has outlined market competitors utilizing exclusives, in order that’s the world we dwell in. I’ve no love for that world,” the exec added.

These are fairly sturdy phrases from Nadella, although this idealistic view of the gaming business must be balanced with what the competitors is doing. Final week, Phil Spencer, CEO of Microsoft Gaming defined to the court docket that Microsoft promoting its video games on PlayStation consoles may very well assist Sony to finance its console exclusivity offers.

“Each time we ship a recreation on PlayStation… Sony captures 30 % of the income that we do on their platform after which they use that cash amongst different income that they need to do issues to attempt to scale back Xbox’s survival available on the market. We attempt to compete, however as I stated, during the last 20 years we’ve failed to try this successfully,” Spencer stated.