A new court document states Google thought about an extreme alternative to deal with competition.
Epic Games is now one of the biggest companies in the world, but it appears Google considered buying some or all of the company at some point according to recently shared court filings.
A new document revealed during Epic's case against Google in the USA includes details on Google's effort to maintain its monopoly. The document says that Google wanted to use its "size, influence, power, and money" to make partners accept "anticompetitive agreements." The document continues saying that Google even thoughts about an extreme alternative option of "buying some or all of Epic" to keep Fortnite within the Google Play Store environment.
The document states that Google considered Fortnite's independence from the Google Play Store a threat that could also push other companies to leave the store and use other alternatives.
We should not note that the document does not provide any specific evidence of Google's attempt to buy Epic. Epic Games says they are now learning about Google's efforts to "shut down" competition with the Google Play Store.
What do you think about this scenario? What would happen to Epic and Unreal Engine if Google decided to push the idea and acquire the company? Let's discuss possible outcomes in the comments.
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