- "What really interests me about this take, is that it's apparently fine to ignore the hundred+ million PC gamers out there on multiple clients, as well as those that game on mobile"
I'm not sure what you're saying here. Are you implying that not allowing cross-play, an issue for a small, vocal minority of players, and does absolutely not deny players the right to play this game, although it comes with a caveat, a well known caveat, that consumers can choose to either buy into because they don't give a shit, or pass on because it's undesirable, is comparable to threatening to shut out an entire userbase entirely?
- "As far as things go as well, Sony is not the overlord of this industry"
Maybe not. But there's a strong argument to made that among the pantheon of gaming powers, Sony claims a seat at the head of the table. Regardless, the power they wield in this sphere is substantial. They don't need to be overlords to dictate their own policy, especially as it concerns rinky-dink mobile card games.
- "no publisher should bow to them and just let them set rules for everything"
That's exactly how this shit works. All the platform holders have rules in place that go well beyond this cross-play nonsense. Bethesda is free withhold their product as they see fit. And Sony is free to, and I can't stress this enough for this particular instance, not give a fuck.
Sorry, publishers gave in the past a lot of shit to Nintendo if they made insane rules and left games off of Nintendo platforms, and they usually were applauded by the gaming community for it. Nintendo often did not give a fuck, but look what that lead to. Same with Microsoft and their plan for family share and so on at the XB1-reveal. You really want that for Sony?