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“It was our initial plan” to launch Fortnite directly on the Google Play Store, says Sweeney.

He’s now telling us why that didn’t happen — including a desire to build a direct relationship with Epic’s customers and to do so without Google taking a 30 percent cut.

(We moved on fairly quickly from the Sony cross-play fight; Sweeney suggested that Sony and Epic actually became closer afterward, with Sony Pictures using the Unreal Engine, Sony Music partnering on Fortnite, and Sony Corp becoming a shareholder in Epic.)

I wonder what Google’s lawyers will do with the “direct relationship with customers” assertion. Document dumps from the Epic v. Apple trial suggest Epic was hugely reliant on Sony; seemingly happy to let PlayStation have that relationship and pay Sony’s fee.