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Microsoft commits to Call of Duty on Nintendo platforms if Activision merger approved

Phil Spencer also confirmed that the franchise will continue to come to Steam

Xbox boss Phil Spencer has announced that if Microsoft's acquisition of Activision Blizzard King is approved, Call of Duty will be released on Nintendo platforms in the future.

In a tweet, Spencer said that Microsoft "has entered into a 10-year commitment to bring Call of Duty to Nintendo following the merger of Microsoft and Activision Blizzard King."

Activision's hit franchise will also continue coming to Steam going forward, Spencer confirmed. Call of Duty titles will launch on Valve's marketplace day-and-date with Xbox after the acquisition is closed.

He added that the company is "committed to helping bring more games to more people."

Call of Duty hasn't been released on a Nintendo platform since 2013, with Call of Duty: Ghosts on Wii U.

Earlier this week, we learned that Microsoft was reportedly preparing to defend the ABK acquisition in US court, in the face of a potential lawsuit from the Federal Trade Commission.

On the same day, reports said that the FTC was split on the deal, but sources close to the matter said that the four-member commission is leaning toward approving it.

Over on the UK side of the investigations, Microsoft and Sony reiterated their arguments to the CMA towards the end of November about whether the Activision Blizzard merger should go ahead.

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Marie Dealessandri joined GamesIndustry.biz in 2019 to head its Academy section. A journalist since 2012, she started in games in 2016 at B2B magazine MCV. She can be found (rarely) tweeting @mariedeal, usually on a loop about Baldur’s Gate and the Dead Cells soundtrack.