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Did Fortnite show Google’s monopoly power all by itself?

When Google booted Fortnite off its Google Play app store, Epic’s economics expert attests, Android usage fell off significantly — which suggests Android users didn’t just go find another way to get the game, Bernheim says.

Nor did they just start playing on other platforms like PlayStation, he says. “There’s no indication of substitution of usage to other platforms.” He’s been arguing that the lack of substitutes shows where a company has monopoly power.

(When Google and Apple booted the game off their store, it did keep working, but those players got left behind. I would also point out that Fortnite on mobile didn’t have much retention to begin with, though.)