The legal battle between Epic Games and Google Play has officially begun, shedding light on some interesting information. One notable point is that Epic Games Store is still not profitable. Another revelation that has emerged from the ongoing investigation is that Purnima Kochikar, a Google executive responsible for Google Play, disclosed that when Fortnite was released for Android in 2018 through sideloading, Google was concerned that other popular games would follow suit. This fear prompted Google to propose a financial incentive, offering Epic Games a whopping $147 million over a three-year period, in exchange for bringing their game to the Play Store (contract ending in 2021).
However, Epic Games declined this offer as they did not wish to surrender a portion of their in-app purchase (IAP) revenue to Google. Armed with this evidence, they are using it to sway the court, highlighting Google’s fear of competition from other Android stores. Google’s attempt to pay Epic Games was merely a desperate move to maintain their dominance in the market.
TLDR: The legal battle between Epic Games and Google Play has begun. Epic Games Store is yet to turn a profit. Google attempted to pay Epic Games to bring Fortnite to the Play Store but was declined, revealing Google’s fear of competition.