Is Google Pay Activision blizzard millions and dollars to block the publisher’s App Store? This is the result of a lawsuit filed by Epic.
Already introduced in 2020, the search engine giant is accused of paying the contest to create its own app stores. Activision Blizzard is also said to have profited from the secret deal.
$360 million: Activision Blizzard is said to have profited from “anti-competitive practices.”
Like Reuters news agency mentionedThere’s a whopping $360 million in the room, reportedly paid by Google to Blizzard in order to keep you on your feet. Epic Games lawsuit formally talks about “anti-competitive practices” Google’s parent company, Alphabet Inc. -maintained with no less than 24 major app developers.
These are said to have benefited from monetary rewards, for which they are said to have given up their own app stores and offers. Instead, the Google Play Store is said to be the first port of call for apps for developers. The secret deal between Google and Activision Blizzard reportedly lasted for three years.
It is also said that Nintendo, Riot and Co. involved in “Project Hug”.
Other well-known developers are said to have been involved in the secret deal. Among others, Riot Games is the developer of LoL. Google paid for this about 30 million US dollars. In addition, names such as Nintendo or Ubisoft also fall under the so-called “Project Hug”.
However, this shouldn’t happen at all, because according to Reuters, Activision dismisses the accusations from Epic Games as “nonsense”. The latter saw themselves without a chance in a similar battle against Apple last year and lost the case.
The lawsuit against Google primarily accuses the group of lowering the quality of services provided, while increasing prices. In all likelihood, we can only expect a clarifying verdict next year. Just a few weeks ago Microsoft also accused its main competitor, Sony, of bribing developers.However, he could Xbox manufacturers are working on an internal app store.