Today, Xbox games will be made available for Nintendo consoles thanks to a 10-year agreement signed by Microsoft, according to Brad Smith, president and vice chairman of the business.

The “binding” agreement was announced by Smith on Twitter, where he also pledged to release “Xbox games and Activision titles like Call of Duty” on Nintendo hardware concurrently with their release on Xbox platforms. The news arrives as nearly every regulator imaginable scrutinizes Microsoft’s estimated $69 billion acquisition of Activision Blizzard.

What does the deal between Microsoft and Nintendo include?

According to the statement, “Microsoft and Nintendo have now agreed to a legally binding 10-year deal to bring Call of Duty to Nintendo players—the same day as Xbox, with complete feature and content parity—so they can enjoy Call of Duty just like Xbox and PlayStation gamers do.” “We are dedicated to giving Call of Duty long-term equitable access to other gaming platforms, giving players more options and increasing competition in the gaming market.”

The two businesses were already negotiating to close the transaction. When the Activision Blizzard merger was finished, Xbox boss Phil Spencer tweeted that Microsoft had “entered a 10-year commitment to deliver Call of Duty to Nintendo.” Activision Blizzard games will continue to be added to Steam, Valve’s PC-based online retailer, according to Spencer.

But according to Smith’s most recent information, a more formal agreement has been reached because he said the contract has been “signed and negotiated.” Additionally, the mention of a legally binding agreement is novel, indicating that Activision and Microsoft have now guaranteed military shooting action to Nintendo fans.

Will Activision Blizzard games still be available on other platforms, like PlayStation?

It’s intriguing, though, that Smith’s latest remarks emphasize Microsoft’s goal of “bringing more option to more players” and “increasing competition to the gaming market” at a time when one of the biggest console makers is getting ready to acquire one of the biggest game developers. Industry consolidation doesn’t increase options, but it will be interesting to see if Microsoft keeps its pledge to Nintendo and Sony.

It has always been uncertain what will become of ActiBlizz’s multiplatform games after the business was acquired by Microsoft. Governmental organizations like the FTC and even a group of gamers are trying to thwart the acquisition because many people view it as anti-competitive. First-person military game Call of Duty, produced by Activision, has been at the center of controversy after Sony referred to it as “essential” for the industry. Sony will be able to play Call of Duty from Microsoft for at least ten years.

Has Call of Duty ever been released on a Nintendo console?

You know, Call of Duty hasn’t even been available on a Nintendo gaming system in a while. If you can believe it, the last Call of Duty game to release for the Wii U was 2013’s Call of Duty: Ghosts. Since then, no other post has mentioned the family-friendly systems. With this signed agreement, however, perhaps we’ll see a weapon with a The Legend of Zelda motif or a Super Mario Bros. operator skin, or something similar.


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