This was understood by both your comment and my reply.
It doesnt answer my question though. No one else is making or even trying to make an MLB game. Having a high quality game, even exclusive, is better than no game at all.
Hence, why would they play hard ball in this scenario? Basically, I question whether this move by Sony is because they were forced to. But maybe it is as simple as MLB deciding to remove the licence. Seema like quite the gamble imho.
During negotiations Both parties most likely looked at stagnating sales and with the PS5 around the corner and a changing gaming world,with crossplay streaming etc, decided it would be in their best interests to expand onto other platforms and this outcome was the best and easiest way for this to be done, and since this seems a sensible enough idea,I don't think any coercion was needed from the MLB if they were pushing it,for all we know Sony themselves might have mooted the idea.
I dont know. I dont think stagnating sales of the series factored into this.
Mlb2019 had the best debut for the IP, and a baseball game, ever in the USA. It also stayed in the top 10 for longer than at least Mlb2018.
If anything, MLB The Show has actually been seeing growth. Now, of course, that growth should accerlerate in 2021.
But yes, I dont think there was any coercion from MLB, and I think it was just an incentivised decision for both parties to make.