Keep in mind again within the day when Sony lastly stopped being the one holdout from Fortnite being cross-platform throughout all main units? You realize, way back in 2018? It seems Epic needed to comply with cough up additional dough to maintain that cross-play assist going, and nonetheless is to this present day.
In the course of the Epic v. Apple trial today, Epic CEO Tim Sweeney took the stand for a number of hours to reply questions on Epic Video games and Fortnite, starting from the banal “Have you learnt what a ‘console’ is?” to much more complicated queries concerning the firm’s meant enterprise mannequin and relationship with Apple. Late within the day, the cross-examiner started asking Sweeney some primary questions on how cross-platform play in Fortnite works, particularly close to who earnings from purchases made utilizing “cross-wallet” options that permit gamers to purchase skins on one platform and use them on others.
It was throughout this line of questioning that Sweeney identified Sony’s contract had them getting somewhat additional money from cross-platform play, particularly when PlayStation Fortnite gamers constantly purchased V-Bucks on different units however have been nonetheless gaming on Sony consoles.
“Sony has a coverage that requires if the ratio of funds throughout platforms for a given PS consumer will get out of sync with the playtime, then we’ve to pay them a fee on different platform income,” Sweeney mentioned. “So if somebody have been primarily taking part in on PS however paying on iPhone, they’d [inaudible] compensation to Sony.”
The cross-examiner had Sweeney affirm that this stipulation was put in place on the time Sony agreed to permit cross-platform play in Fortnite occur on its system. Usually, Sweeney acknowledged, when V-Bucks are bought on one platform and used on one other, each platform concerned within the transaction will get a reduce — however within the very particular instances that he outlined, Sony will get somewhat bit extra.
We have discovered fairly a bit about how Fortnite works behind the scenes right this moment in the course of the first hours of the trial, together with that Fortnite made over $9 billion in its first two years, and that Epic has spent over $11 million for Epic Games Store exclusives because it launched the platform. It additionally apparently has been trying to get Samus Aran as a skin in Fortnite, and already has plans for skins primarily based on The Rock and Lebron James.
Epic’s challenge of Apple’s 30% revenue cut in court is anticipated to proceed over the subsequent three weeks earlier than a verdict is reached.