Sony's PlayStation Buys Bungie, Game Studio With Xbox Ties

PlayStation-maker Sony is escalating its competition with Xbox-maker Microsoft by buying the video game studio behind one of Xbox’s hit games.

BELLEVUE, Wash. (AP) — PlayStation-maker Sony is escalating its competition with Xbox-maker Microsoft by buying the video game studio behind one of Xbox's hit games

Sony Interactive Entertainment said Monday it would spend $3.6 billion to buy Bungie Inc., an independent game publisher based in Bellevue, Washington

Bungie makes the popular game franchise Destiny and was the original developer of Xbox-owned Halo

Microsoft bought Bungie in 2000, but later spun off the game studio in 2007 while retaining intellectual property rights to the Halo franchise.

Sony is one of the world's biggest video game companies but Microsoft has been ramping up its gaming ambitions most recently by announcing plans to buy high game  Activision Blizzard for $68.7 billion

owner of titles like Call of Duty and Candy Crush would immediately put Microsoft ahead of Nintendo as the third-biggest gaming company in global sales behind Japan's Sony Chinese tech giant Tencent

Xbox's top executive, Phil Spencer, told news site Axios last year that “we've learned a lot” since letting go of Bungie.