Google Considers Buying Epic Games During Fortnite App Clash

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    Epic Games vs. Apple goes ahead and shows how the game business works. That being said, this is not the only court battle Epic is in. Epic filed an antitrust lawsuit with Google, which basically says that the Android ecosystem makes it hard for companies to compete.

    The Verge revealed the last secret via newly disclosed court findings: Google considered buying some or all of Epic Games while the two companies were sparring over Epic’s Fortnite Android app. Epic says that Google was scared of its plans to get around Google’s official Play Store fee by selling the game in other ways.

    That being said, what did Google do? Sure, just buy Epic Games so they do not have to go up against Google! Epic said that Google was giving them a “Special Deal” to put the game on the Play Store. Extra: A Google Play manager is said to have talked to Epic and admitted that sideloading the app was a difficult process.

    Epic basically says that everyone who works there knows that a lot of hurdles are being put up to make it hard for people to install apps from anywhere other than the Google Play Store.

    Employees have acknowledged internally that the difficulty Google imposes on consumers who want to download instantaneously leads to a “[p]user experience,” in the sense that there are “15+ steps to get the app” [via sideloading] vs 2 steps with Play or on iOS.

    Epic also pointed to an internal Google memo that called Epic’s plans a “contamination” that would be bad for Google:

    Google isn’t satisfied with the contractual and technical barriers it has carefully constructed to eliminate competition, but Google uses its size, influence, power and money to get third parties to enter into anti-competitive agreements that further entrench its monopolies. For example, Google has gone so far as to share its monopoly profits with business partners to secure their agreement to foreclose on competition, has developed a series of internal projects to address the “contamination” it has seen from Epic’s efforts and others to offer consumers and developers competing alternatives, and has even considered buying some or all of Epic to quell this threat.

    Tim Sweeney recently talked about this in public on Twitter. Say that Epic did not know about this when they filed the lawsuit. They only found out now because the court put a safety order on them.

    Also, Tim Sweeney is right in the second tweet. Google said the following in response to Epic’s antitrust suit:

    “The open Android ecosystem lets app developers put their apps in more than one app shop.” “We have consistent rules that are fair to developers and keep the store safe for users for game developers who choose to use the Play Store,” it said in a recent comment about Epic’s new submission. No changes were made to the original sentence as it appears to be against our rules to make Fortnite available on Play. We will keep defending ourselves against these false charges.

    It is crazy how many facts keep coming up since Apple and Google banned Fortnite. Do not forget that all of this happened because Fortnite added a way to pay that did not use their in-app purchase fees. In light of this, we can only wonder what other sneaky moves Google and Apple have made to control their mobile settings.


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