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  1. The biggest contributor of this senator's campaign finances is a large corporation starting with the letter "M".


    During a Senate finance committee hearing on “The President’s 2023 Trade Policy Agenda”, Cantwell said—among a bunch of other international trade talk—“I’m told that Sony controls a monopoly of 98% of the high-end game market, yet Japan’s government has allowed Sony to engage in blatant anti-competitive conduct through exclusive deals and payments to game publishers, establishing games that are among the most popular in Japan.”


  2. 4 minutes ago, Stanley said:

    Is Starfield mentioned in any documents? Rumour has is that Sony were negotiating some kind of exclusivity on that right up until the Bethesda acquisition, and then obviously MS made it Xbox exclusive. It would be interesting to find out more about that, and just how far along in development the PlayStation version was. 


    I think that all went back to this one tweet? In before Oblivion gets mentioned!


  3. 11 minutes ago, thesnwmn said:


    What's the question about Bloodborne? Is the point that it's a Sony funded title not a third-party developed game kept exclusive?


    For context, here's where the quote is lifted from...




    I think MS are (understandably) playing a little fast and loose in order to be able to make the number of "exclusive" third-party titles sound a bit bigger than it really is. They never say what the precise deal is with each game and therefore able to say that Sony has entered into an arrangement with a From Software which keeps Bloodborne off of Xbox. As a result it's true but it mis-represents the nature of that. From Software didn't develop something that Sony snapped up. Sony paid them to develop it.


    By this definition, MS are suggesting any third-party funded to build a game for a specific platform (or not a specific platform) are in a deal. And I guess that's one very loose take :)


    I think we're in agreement. The same document from Microsoft's lawyers mentions SackBoy as a third party exclusive which is, I guess, factually true when it comes to concerning the developer but these IPs are owned by Sony and is quite different to other examples.


    It's like playing "odd one out" in some of these examples lawyers have written up. Bloody lawyers.

  4. 12 minutes ago, thesnwmn said:


    Still find it odd how Microsoft's lawyers mentioned Bloodborne:


    "Some prominent examples of these agreements include Final Fantasy VII Remake (Square Enix), Bloodborne (From Software), the upcoming Final Fantasy XVI (Square Enix) and the recently announced Silent Hill 2 remastered [sic] (Bloober team)."


    Not disagreeing about the likelihood of exclusive contracts which all of the companies have been doing to some extent. I don't care when big tiles are  timed exclusives, quite shit when it misses a platform altogether though.


  5. 10 minutes ago, Stanley said:

    Didn’t MW2 have the most successful opening of any COD game ever? It’s clearly still a massive franchise that certainly does dictate or influence console purchases. 


    Yes and here's what the CMA had to say about that:


    7.189 Microsoft submitted that CoD’s popularity varies over time and success in the 
    previous release does not guarantee the success of future titles (eg CoD 
    Vanguard saw drops in purchases and player engagement).433 We agree that 
    there was a drop in the total number of monthly active users across all CoD 
    titles after the Vanguard release turned out not to be as successful (no 
    change in the first 3 months after the release of CoD Vanguard, however an 
    overall decrease of []% in the first ten months of 2022 relative to the first ten 
    months of 2021).434 However, given the huge success of the latest release, 
    CoD Modern Warfare II in November 2022, we infer that the fall in MAUs at 
    the franchise level was temporary. For instance, Activision stated publicly that 
    Modern Warfare II ‘has become the #1 top-selling opening weekend ever in 
    the franchise, delivering more than $800 million worldwide in sell-through 
    following the first three days from its release on October 28, 2022’.435


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