Microsoft signs fourth Call of Duty deal with cloud gaming platform Ubitus

Robert Collins

Call of Duty®: Black Ops Cold War video game on Xbox One

Microsoft has signed yet another deal granting Call of Duty access to a third-party platform (should the Activision Blizzard deal be approved of course). This time it is cloud gaming provider Ubitus, with which Microsoft has signed a 10-year deal similar to the previously signed deals and the one offered to Sony.

It is the fourth such deal the Redmond, WA company has signed thus far and the second announced in as many days. Yesterday a 10-year deal was signed with Boosteroid—the largest independent cloud gaming provider outside the U.S. Previous deals secured the Call of Duty franchise on Nintendo systems and Nvidia’s GeForce Now cloud gaming platform. That is, if and when Microsoft acquires ABK.

These deals are clearly an effort on the part of Microsoft to demonstrate the merits of the acquisition and win over regulators. As Microsoft president Brad Smith told The Wall Street Journal yesterday following the Boosteroid announcement,

If the only argument is that Microsoft is going to withhold Call of Duty from other platforms, and we’ve now entered into contracts that are going to bring this to many more devices and many more platforms, that is a pretty hard case to make to a court.

The European Commission and the U.K.’s CMA have until April 25th and 26th respectively to make their final decisions on whether to approve the deal. In the U.S., the FTC is suing Microsoft in an effort to block the deal.