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Microsoft explored reducing its Xbox store cut to shake up console gaming

6 days ago   |   By N4G

Microsoft had been planning to cut its Xbox store cut to just 12 percent, according to confidential documents filed in the Epic Games vs. Apple case. The software maker details its store fees and changes in a document from January, where it also lists the 12 percent cut to PC games it announced this week. While most of the important parts of the document are redacted, one page reveals Microsoft also wanted to reduce its 30 percent store cut on the Xbox console side.
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Epic Games Tried To Bribe Google With Stadia Access To Fortnite

Epic Games Tried To Bribe Google With Stadia Access To Fortnite

6 days ago   |   By Android Headlines

Epic Games apparently wanted free access to the Play Store so badly, it more or less attempted to bribe Google by offering to bring Fortnite to Stadia. It seems the plan didn't work.
Fortnite hasn't made a return to Google Play since it was initially launched there. And it was never available on Stadia. Details of the offer are coming up in the trial between Apple and Epic Games today. According to IGN reporter Rebekah Valentine on Twitter, someone at the trial admitted to Epic pitching Google the plan to bring Fortnite to both the Play Store and Stadia, if Google allowed the game in the...
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Fortnite battles Apple: Epic says it's fighting for all developers, but admits it wanted a special deal - CNET

6 days ago   |   By CNET

Fortnite maker Epic Games is suing Apple over what it says are unfair and monopolistic business practices. But it's not so cut and dry.
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Fortnite made over $9 billion in its first two years

Fortnite made over $9 billion in its first two years

6 days ago   |   By Rock, Paper, Shotgun

The trial between Epic and Apple over app store practices is underway and previously private details of the Fortnite developer's business are spilling. We're not a business site and ordinarily I wouldn't care, but ooh, it's good goss isn't it. For example, we now know that Fortnite made over $9 billion in its first two years of release.
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Xbox boss discussed bringing Game Pass to other consoles with Epic CEO

Xbox boss discussed bringing Game Pass to other consoles with Epic CEO

6 days ago   |   By MobileSyrup

Xbox chief Phil Spencer has spoken with Epic CEO Tim Sweeney about potentially bringing Xbox Game Pass to other consoles.
In an August 2020 email exchange that surfaced during the ongoing Epic v. Apple trial, Spencer told Sweeney that he “heard his point” about bringing xCloud - the codename for Xbox Game Pass' Cloud Gaming streaming service - to other platforms.
“haven't given up,” Spencer said regarding the matter.
Interestingly, Spencer downplayed the possibility of Game Pass coming to other platforms just one month prior to this email to Sweeney.
Last July, he said in an interview that...
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Sweeney asked Xbox to time free multiplayer launch with Epic's first Apple attack

Sweeney asked Xbox to time free multiplayer launch with Epic's first Apple attack

6 days ago   |   By Gamasutra

Day one of the Epic v. Apple trial granted us insight into Epic Games' financial history, and it looks like day two is giving us a peek at Epic CEO Tim Sweeney's email outbox. ...
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Tim Sweeney emailed Tim Cook personally to call for open app sales after WWDC in 2015

Tim Sweeney emailed Tim Cook personally to call for open app sales after WWDC in 2015

6 days ago   |   By The Verge

Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney was asking Apple to open its phones to other app stores as early as 2015, according to new emails made public as part of the companies' antitrust trial. Under the subject line “iOS as an open platform,” Sweeney emailed Apple CEO Tim Cook directly to make the case for allowing other app stores to distribute software on iOS.
“The App Store has done much good for the industry,” Sweeney wrote to Cook, “but it doesn't seem tenable for Apple to be the sole arbiter of expression and commerce over an app platform approaching a billion users.”
In particular, Sweeney asked...
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Epic vs. Apple Shows the Courts Were Not Prepared for Gaming's Obsessive Secrecy

6 days ago   |   By IGN

It's only the second day of Epic and Apple going head-to-head in the courts , and it's already clear that the United States court system was not prepared for the cocktail of a high-profile case centered around an industry that is secretive often to the point of absurdity. Add in struggles with COVID-19 precautions and a call-in audience of rowdy gamers, and this trial is shaping up to be very interesting indeed.
Already, there's been an ongoing kerfuffle between lawyers, third parties, and the judge regarding games leaks occurring via court documents. To generalize a bit, exhibits...
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Epic Games v. Apple trial exposes Xbox, PlayStation, and more

Epic Games v. Apple trial exposes Xbox, PlayStation, and more

6 days ago   |   By Windows Central

Apple of capitalism versus father of Fortnite.
"Free Fortnite," the children shouted over an accidentally unmuted public court conference call line. That's how the Epic Games v. Apple trial began on May 3, 2021, and is indicative of how it continues to proceed as it drags every major entity in the gaming industry into a vortex of absolute, unending insanity.
The origin of this trial was simple enough. Epic openly defied Apple's app store rules by allowing Fortnite in-app purchases to occur without being filtered through Apple first. Apple then kicked Fortnite off its app store for...
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