Football Manager boss disputes PlayStation’s “value destructive” Xbox Game Pass claim

Among the many, many claims and discoveries flying around in the wake of Microsoft’s ongoing FTC lawsuit over the attempted purchase of Activision Blizzard, one particular quote stands out: PlayStation boss Jim Ryan’s accusation that Xbox Game Pass and other subscription-based services are “value destructive” to video games.

Ryan, speaking in pre-recorded video testimony, also claimed other publishers “unanimously do not like Game Pass” for that reason. When pressed by Microsoft’s lawyer, he added: “I talk to publishers all the time, and this is a very commonly-held view over many years by the publishers.”

Talking to Eurogamer yesterday, Miles Jacobson, studio head of Sports Interactive, the Sega-owned developer of the ever-popular Football Manager series, disagreed with that quite directly.

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