The conflict between Apple and Google continues to give much to talk about . Although the peak stage of the legal dispute has passed (although it remains without resolution), information continues to come to light and today a document was discovered that reveals that Google wanted to buy Epic Games in order to eliminate the competition.
A document that was part of Epic Games’ evidence against Apple has just appeared online, in which Google removed the censorship from some previously drafted sections.
In one part of the document, it refers that Google saw Epic Games’ plans to distribute Fortnite through an alternative medium to the Play Store as a “contagion” that threatened the company and its business, as GamesBeat exposes .
GOOGLE WOULD BLOCK DEVELOPERS TO NURTURE ITS MONOPOLY
An interesting detail that is revealed in the document is that Google even contacted Epic Games to offer a “special agreement” to bring Fortnite to Google Play, referring that the direct download through an official site of the game would be “a horrible experience “and” frankly abysmal “, so Epic Games would have to” worry that the majority [of users] would not do the more than 15 steps “, as opposed to” the 2 steps with Play or on iOS “.
The direct download would “drastically limit the reach [of Epic Games],” according to a Google employee, as this process is often “associated with malicious apps.” As a consequence, these would be protection measures for Google’s distribution monopoly. Android users would not find the game on Google Play and it would cause confusion, which together would discourage the use of direct download and make developers better choose to bring their game to Google Play.
Despite the above, Fortnite is still available on Android devices, not through the Google Play Store, but through direct download from an official site of the game. Rather, Apple banned the distribution of the Battle Royale title on Apple devices entirely.
GOOGLE WANTED TO BUY EPIC GAMES
The most interesting thing, however, is that the material reveals that Google even planned the total or partial purchase of Epic Games. It is important to mention that no details of this were revealed and there is no mention of Google reaching out to Epic Games to discuss an acquisition or if it would be a hostile takeover move.
“Google has gone so far as to share its monopoly profits with business partners to secure their agreement to hedge the competition. It has developed a number of internal projects to address the ‘contagion’ it perceives from efforts by Epic and others to deliver. to competitive alternative consumers and developers and has contemplated buying all or much of Epic to crush their threat, “said Epic Games.
In fact, Sweeney mentioned that this was something unknown to the company. It is also unknown when Google had these plans in mind, but it is estimated that they began after Fortnite appeared on Android devices, in 2018.
“This was unknown to us at the time, and thanks to the court’s protective order, we just learned of Google’s consideration of buying Epic to stop our efforts to compete with Google Play,” said Tim Sweeney, founder and CEO. by Epic Games.
Whether this would have been a negotiation to buy Epic or some sort of hostile takeover attempt is unclear.
Here Google also talks about the “frankly abysmal” sideloading experience they created, all while touting Android publicly as an “open platform”.
— Tim Sweeney (@TimSweeneyEpic) August 6, 2021