Microsoft FTC Trial: Activision CEO Bobby Kotick on Call of Duty exclusivity and other key lessons

Activision CEO Bobby Kotick testified on today’s episode of Microsoft FTC Trial. Kotick dismissed questions about making Call of Duty an exclusive, admitting that he wasn’t impressed with Nintendo Switch prototypes prior to the console’s launch and revealing a release date for Call of Duty. Duty: Warzone Mobile. Here’s everything you need to know about Kotick’s time in court today.

Kotick doesn’t want to make the call of the exclusive quest

Call of Duty was clearly the main focus of Kotick’s testimony and cross-examination, and when the Activision CEO was asked if he’d ever thought of making Call of Duty a platform exclusive. no, he said “No”.

“You will alienate more than 100 million monthly active players,” says Kotick. Half of them play on phones, but the rest play on PC and PlayStation, and you’d be furious if you removed the game from over 100 million players. a foundation.

“…You will revolt if you remove the game from multiple platforms.

“Gamers are passionate… And so with such investment, time and effort, you get a group of passionate, enthusiastic people.”

Kotick said it would be “very detrimental to our business” to remove Call of Duty from PlayStation.

Dropping the PlayStation version of Call of Duty doesn’t make sense, says Kotick

The FTC went on to argue that Activision and Microsoft could ship the PlayStation version of Call of Duty that doesn’t match the quality of the Xbox version. Kotick argues that Activision’s developers won’t do that, saying that the cynicism that will follow from gamers — and damage the company — will be well-deserved. Kotick also says that the developers take pride in their work and want to make good games. Kotick has never heard of developers making a side game for one platform versus another.

Call of Duty: Warzone Mobile is coming this fall

Early in his testimony, Kotick revealed that Call of Duty: Warzone Mobile is coming this fall. Previously, we only knew the mobile version of Warzone was expected to launch this year. Warzone Mobile is being developed internally at Activision.

For the latest information on the Microsoft FTC trial, read about budget reveal for Sony’s AAA titles like The Last of Us Part 2How Microsoft considers buying Square Enixand our test Full summary of testing so far.

Logan Plant is a freelance writer for IGN on video games and entertainment news. He has over seven years of experience in the games industry with sublines at IGN, Nintendo Wire, Switch Player Magazine and Lifewire. Find him on Twitter @LoganJPlant.


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