HBO’s The Last of Us has been turning heads all over the internet, but you might not have expected the hit video game adaptation to be dragged into Microsoft and Activision Blizzard’s merger situation.
At TwitterActivision Blizzard CCO Lulu Cheng Meservey drew attention to the show’s success, writing, “It’s a true blockbuster, watched by tens of millions…You might be particularly interested in the fact that The Last of Us is produced by Sony Pictures Television and PlayStation Productions.”
Hi @FTC – did you see last night’s episode of The Last of Us? It was amazing.
No wonder the series is breaking records. It’s a real blockbuster, watched by tens of millions of people.
If you haven’t already, you should check it out. You might be particularly interested in the fact that pic.twitter.com/MhcT0DmOsM
— Lulu Cheng Meservey (@lulumeservey) January 30, 2023
Meservey went on to say that the success of The Last of Us and the subsequent surge in interest in gaming means there’s no reason to fear that Microsoft’s acquisition of Activision Blizzard will wipe out the competition.
“Sony has an unrivaled IP range, not only in games, but also in TV, movies and music, which can be developed into games or can bring existing games to market,” continued Meservey. “It’s no wonder they continue to dominate the console market as well. In games, Sony is ‘the first of us’ – and they’ll be fine without FTC protection.”
This is another example of Microsoft and Activision Blizzard destroying each other or bolstering Sony in an effort to push the merger forward. Microsoft has already called PlayStation too big to fail while saying that Xbox has a “number of significant disadvantages” compared to its rival platforms.
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