Google paid 360 million euros to Activision so that it did not create an 'app' store

 A lawsuit filed by Epic Games against Google reveals that the company also paid millions of euros to Riot Games, Nintendo and Ubisoft not to create a rival app store.

Google paid 360 million euros to Activision so that it did not create an 'app' store


Update: After the publication of this information, Activision Blizzard has contacted VGC to deny it. Through its executive vice president of corporate affairs, the company has categorically denied Epic's accusations: "Google never asked us, pressured us or made us agree not to compete with them, and we have already presented documents and testimonials that refute this nonsense."

Noticia original: A lawsuit uncovered by VGC reveals that Google has been investing hundreds of millions of dollars to prevent rival companies from creating their own app stores. Said lawsuit was filed for the first time by Epic Games against Google in 2020 and, as has been discovered, in a section it is specified that the company paid Activision Blizzard about 360 million euros in three years to try to prevent it from launching to the market. set up your own store.

As if that were not enough, Google also agreed to pay the League of Legends studio, Riot Games, about 30 million euros in a year to achieve the same effect as with Activision. The lawsuit, which accuses Google of anticompetitive restraints in smart mobile device markets, also names Nintendo and Ubisoft on a list of 24 companies allegedly financially compensated in an attempt to deter competition from its Google Play Store. The deals with the developers allegedly included payments for posting on YouTube and credits for Google ads and cloud services.

Google tried to buy Tencent

Epic discloses in the lawsuit that Google has sought to partner with Tencent, which owns a 40% stake in Epic, to gain a measure of control over the company or to potentially plan an acquisition. In addition, the company claims in the same lawsuit that Google was threatened by its decision to distribute Fortnite: Battle Royale for Android outside of the Google Play Store, a move that circumvented fees for platform holders with a new payment option. direct, and that made Google remove the game from its platform.