Because the Epic versus Apple court docket combating continues, you would be forgiven in case you’ve forgotten that Epic has been making related accusations in opposition to Google and its Google Play Retailer in jurisdictions all over the world. The debates vary from the identical “70/30” sort break up that Epic if rallying in opposition to on Apple platforms to fee processing disputes… it is all fairly related.
Nevertheless, a brand new little wrinkle on the Epic versus Google entrance has been revealed as a consequence of some court docket filings turning into unredacted this previous week. The crux of a brand new argument in opposition to Google sees Epic making the declare that Google’s “Undertaking Hug” is Google’s means for working with different builders to maintain competitors to a minimal. The allegation goes on to particularly name out Activision as one beneficiary of Google’s “hug”.
Epic claims that Google paid Activision $360 million to NOT develop a competing cellular retailer when the Name of Obligation titan was planning to take action. Additional, Epic claims related, albeit smaller, offers have been made with corporations like Riot Video games (who we have reached out to for remark and can replace if wanted) and others, all in an effort to stave off any potential competing Android app shops. In Riot’s case, the allegation from Epic focuses on Riot’s alleged want to make a League of Legends standalone cellular platform.
Activision’s response? Replying to PC Gamer a spokesperson stated, “Epic’s allegations are nonsense. We will verify that Google by no means requested us, pressured us, or made us agree to not compete with Google Play—and we have already submitted paperwork and testimony that show this.”
For it is half, Google is not denying the existence of “Undertaking Hug,” however they do declare the venture is definitely a way of offering higher service and assets to fellow builders.
Each denials have not stopped Epic Video games’ Tim Sweeney from taking the battle to Twitter, although.
We have been regularly astonished by Google’s brazen embrace of anticompetitive practices. From the key “Fortnite Process Drive” they created to assault Epic once we launched exterior of Google Play, to the big-money offers they made with opponents to dissuade retailer competitors. https://t.co/uODqd6lsWx
— Probably Tim Sweeney (@TimSweeneyEpic) November 18, 2022