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What CEO Tim Sweeney said after Epic Games' shocking win over Google in anti-trust lawsuit

Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney discusses the groundbreaking, if not historic, antitrust victory over Google, highlighting deleted records and the jury's role, while Google vows to challenge the verdict.

By: MD IJAJ KHAN
| Updated on: Dec 14 2023, 15:57 IST
After Fortnite, Garena Free Fire, BGMI to host virtual concerts collaborating with Blackpink and Justin Bieber
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1/6 It seems like the season of virtual concerts for the online battle royale games. All the major games have either already hosted or plan to host their first ever in-game music event. (Epic Games)
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2/6 The trend started with Fortnite when in April, the popular first-person shooter invited Travis Scott for an online concert. The concert witnessed a giant hologram of the singer appearing in the landscape to perform his songs. (Epic Games)
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3/6 According to reports, more than 12 million players logged in for the Fortnite concert. (Travis Scott YouTube)
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4/6 BGMI is also going to host its maiden virtual concert featuring Kpop sensation Blackpink. In a two day event, four concerts will be held for players to log in and enjoy the performance. It has also been announced that Blackpink will be releasing an exclusive track during the concert. (Blackpink Instagram)
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5/6 Later in August, Garena Free Fire will also join the list of virtual concerts as the popular battle royale game is set to celebrate its 5th anniversary with an in-game performance by Justin Bieber. Just like Blackpink, Justin Bieber will also be releasing a new song during the concert. (Garena Free Fire North America Twitter)
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6/6 The games are also supplementing the events with exclusive costumes, skins and other purchasable merchandise that players can buy to show support for their favorite musician. The purchases also allow the games to generate a high revenue from these events. (Epic Games)
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Fortnite-maker Epic Games triumphs over Google in a landmark antitrust case and CEO Tim Sweeney put things in perspective. (REUTERS)

In a legal showdown that had captivated the tech world because of its massive global ramifications, Epic Games, the powerhouse behind Fortnite, has emerged victorious in its antitrust battle against Google over its Play Store policies. The jury's decision, announced on Monday, found Google guilty of violating antitrust laws, marking a significant milestone in Epic's quest for fair competition in the app store landscape. Epic Games' CEO, Tim Sweeney, shared insights into the contrasting outcomes of the company's legal tussles with both Apple and Google in an interview with CNBC. Sweeney attributed the victory against Google to the revelation, especially of deleted records which made the jury deliver its decisive verdict.

According to Sweeney, the alleged deletion of crucial records by Google, including discussions about preferential deals with developers, played a pivotal role in shaping the case. "The brazenness of Google executives violating the law, and then deleting all of the records of violating the law," Sweeney told CNBC. "That was really astonishing. This is very much not a normal court case; you don't expect a trillion-dollar corporation to operate the way Google operated."

The Role of Trial Formats

Highlighting another key factor, Sweeney emphasized the difference in trial formats between the Apple and Google cases. While the Apple case was decided by a judge, the Google case was presented to a jury. Speaking to the Verge, Sweeney expressed confidence in the jury's engagement, stating, "Something that we'd suspected all along was the jury was really following the case carefully. They weren't snoozing off as you might expect with the complexity of these documents and things."

Fortnite's Stand on Steam Deck

Addressing the ongoing debate about Fortnite's absence on the Steam Deck, Sweeney told The Verge, "If we only had a few more programmers. It's the Linux pro.blem. I love the Steam Deck hardware. Valve has done an amazing job there."

Despite Google's plan to appeal the verdict, Sweeney affirmed that Epic Games would not wait. "We're not going to wait. We're going to do absolutely everything we can as quickly as we can to start changing the world," Sweeney declared. With a global perspective, he added, "We not only have this verdict here in the United States, it is a worldwide verdict, right? We established a market worldwide, excluding China."

Sweeney outlined Epic's expansive legal endeavors, including cases in Europe, Australia, and the UK, signaling a broader movement towards openness. "It's not just Epic anymore; there's a lot of legislators, there's a lot of regulators, and there's other litigation all pushing in the direction of openness. And we're going to do absolutely everything we can," Sweeney affirmed.

Google's Response

The antitrust case between Epic Games and Google focused on allegations that Google's payment practices in its Play Store and Android operating system constituted an illegal monopoly, causing harm to competition.

Google, however, remains firm in its position and plans to challenge the verdict. Wilson White, Google's Vice President for Government Affairs and Public Policy, stated, "We plan to challenge the verdict. Android and Google Play provide more choice and openness than any other major mobile platform." White emphasized Google's commitment to competition, stating, "We will continue to defend the Android business model and remain deeply committed to our users, partners, and the broader Android ecosystem."

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First Published Date: 14 Dec, 15:56 IST
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