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A lot of money from Google – there is no app store of its own

Google paid Activision Blizzard $360 million, among other things, to prevent the development of a competing App Store.

According to new court documents from Epic, Google reportedly paid Activision Blizzard $360 million for not developing a competing app store for Android. Both companies strongly reject these allegations. However, a new player could soon enter the field with Microsoft.

Google has bribed Tencent and Activision Blizzard with mountains of money

Epic filed new court documents amid ongoing lawsuits against Apple and Google. This sometimes shows that Google reportedly paid Activision Blizzard $360 million to, among other things, prevent the game developer from developing a competing app store.

And this was just one of the examples Epic posted on Thursday Report Drove. Accordingly, there has reportedly been a similar agreement with Tencent, owner of League of Legends developer Riot Games. This brought the company about 30 million US dollars within a year.

Deals like these have helped maintain Google’s broad grip on the Android ecosystem, according to Epic. allegations It’s not fundamentally newbut now get more substance with concrete examples.

Activision Blizzard and Google show no acceptance

However, Google and Activision Blizzard have denied the claims Cnet mentioned. According to Activision, Google never acquired the ‘game developer’requested, pressured, or coerced not to compete with Google Play.

The search engine giant also claims that it has only created incentives to develop apps for Google Play. “Epic misrepresents business talkssaid a Google spokesperson. “It doesn’t stop developers from creating competing app stores, as Epic falsely claims.

Armin Zerza, Activision Blizzard’s chief financial officer, confirmed that the company decided not to use its own App Store because the risk of failure was too great. Likewise, development and marketing costs were very high.

Activision’s board of directors has agreed to a deal with Google. But this happened because the agreement “It has created hundreds of millions of dollars in value for us across multiple ecosystems“.

Microsoft is (still) on the edge of the playing field

It remains unclear at this time if the responsible judge will ultimately follow the Fortnite developer’s logic. So far, however, the company has had to do one or two setback Acceptance into the fight against high platform fees.

However, Microsoft will likely have a say in this dispute soon. Because there is currently an Activision takeover by the software giant in the room. If this does happen, the debate will likely become less relevant, at least for the future.

Because Redmonder was already to the regulatory authorities in October announce, wanting to develop their own mobile app store to compete directly with Google and Apple. Activision’s game library will certainly make the new store look more attractive.