It was only a few months ago that Bobby Kotick was complaining that even though over 50% of Xbox Live traffic belongs to Activision titles they don’t see any of that revenue being paid to Microsoft.
Well now it appears that they have wangled a deal with Microsoft and they are now getting a slice (a modest amount, apparently) of the $5 per month for every Xbox Live Gold Subscription… and it doesn’t seem to matter if we play an Activision game or not.
I’m not sure how I feel about this to be honest, I mean I would never pay a subscription to play Call of Duty as I don’t play it enough to justify that but I do understand that Activision want to see a return on their investment in the title.
However it starts getting messy when this comes to light because I am sure EA Games will be expecting some sort of return now that Activision is getting some and what about Bungie with Halo 3 or Rockstar with Red Dead Redemption? Where does it end?
Not to mention that none of these companies are getting a cent from Sony for the online play so would it then be fair to only charge PSN and PC players for online play?
It just feels like we slid onto a slippery slope here and the recent $10 increase in Live subs is only the beginning.