EU Official Jokingly Comments On Call Of Duty Exclusivity, Immediately Backfires

Ricardo Cardoso, an EU official, has publicly joked that the Commission is making sure Call of Duty stays on his PlayStation.

It’s 2022, and some people still believe the console war is worth fighting. Because, of course, the giant mega-corporation is on your side and cares what you particularly think. While this “war” really doesn’t bother anyone but those fighting it, things get a little ominous when someone in a position of power joins in – especially when they’re on the governing body investigating on the acquisition of Activision by Microsoft.

The EU has launched an in-depth investigation into the merger and is currently in the second phase of the process. He fears that the agreement “would reduce competition in the markets for the distribution of console and personal computer (“PC”) video games and PC operating systems”. You would think the governing body would probably remain neutral, but then you have officials like Ricardo Cardoso, who jokingly, albeit publicly, said he was on one side.


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“The Commission is working to ensure that you will still be able to play Call of Duty on other consoles (including my Playstation)” tweeted Cardoso (thanks, PC Gamer). “Also on our to-do list: update stock footage. These players have wired controllers while Xbox and Playstation have had wireless controllers since around 2006!” Although it was obviously a joke, it didn’t sit well with some people, causing his Tweet to get overrun.

The comments called Cardoso’s joke, saying the commission is clearly biased, and even pointed to the number of exclusives in the PlayStation deck. At the time of writing, comments on the Tweet were well over 1,800, with over 750 Retweets. For comparison, almost none of his other Tweets even approached triple digits. The backlash forced Cardoso to clarify that he was not officially involved in the decision-making process.

“To clarify: I am not involved in the assessment of the merger and do not even work in the merger department. As is clear from my profile, my comments are personal and not a position of the Commission, whose decision will be made based on the facts and the law,” he said in a Tweet posted just hours ago.

Cardoso was just joking, but it goes without saying that making jokes about something your office is directly involved in isn’t exactly a good idea.

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