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Epic Games Pays Sony PlayStation For Crossplay
New confidential documents and emails have revealed that Sony is the only platform holder that requires Epic to pay compensation for crossplay, which originally happened in 2018. According to The Verge, Epic Games had to agree to pay additional fees in order to enable crossplay in Fortnite.
In 2018, Epic Games had initially pleaded with Sony to enable crossplay. In the Epic Games v. Apple case reveal, Epic Games business development vice president said:
â€œI canâ€™t think of a scenario where Epic doesnâ€™t get what we want – that possibility went out the door when FortniteÂ became the biggest game on PlayStation.”
â€œWe announce crossplay in conjunction with Sony.
Epic goes out of its way to make Sony look like heroes.
Letâ€™s make this a huge win for us all. Epicâ€™s not changing itâ€™s mind on the issue, so letâ€™s just agree on it now.”
However, Sony didnâ€™t agree. In 2019, a document titled â€œcross-platform policy, requirements, and processâ€ reveals how Sony accepts crossplay with a caveat; by imposing a cross-platform revenue share and forcing publishers to pay Sony a royalty whenever PlayStation players contribute more than a certain percentage to the bottom line of a cross-platform game.
The purpose of this is apparently to â€œoffset the reduction in revenueâ€ from Sony enabling crossplay.
In new testimony, Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney said:
â€œIn certain circumstances Epic will have to pay additional revenue to Sony.
If somebody were primarily playing on PlayStation, but paying on iPhone then this might trigger compensation.â€
In the same policy, Sony demands that publishers canâ€™t transfer virtual currency to or from PlayStation and that there must be a setting to disable all cross-platform interactions.