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

    11 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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  • Fortnite made over $9 billion in its first two years

    Fortnite made over $9 billion in its first two years

    11 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

    11 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

    11 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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  • Epic offered to make a game for PS5 VR in return for cross-play support

    Epic offered to make a game for PS5 VR in return for cross-play support

    11 days ago - By Android Central

    Could we see Epic make a VR game for PlayStation soon?
    What you need to know
    Epic emailed PlayStation in 2018 to open up cross-play for Fortnite on PS4.
    In the email, Epic's Joe Kreiner offered for Epic to make a PS5 VR game in exchange for cross-play.
    It's unclear whatever came of this deal or if Epic is currently working on a VR title for PS5 VR.
    Epic really really wanted cross-play support for Fortnite on PlayStation, so much so that the company even offered to make a virtual reality game ready for PS5 VR. After The Verge went through emails and documents unsealed in Epic and Apple's...
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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

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

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

    11 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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