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Our first witness is Steve Allison, head of the Epic Games Store.

Epic is leading the questioning here, so he’s not on the defense — so far, he’s just explaining how he joined Epic in 2018 to help it launch its PC games store after the rise of Fortnite.

Epic is highlighting a few passages from an email from him to former Epic prez Paul Meegan about his eagerness to join: “Fortnite is blowing up pop culture” and “Fortnite blowing up definitely has created that potential Valve-Counterstrike moment at a scale that is much bigger than when that gave birth to what is now Steam.”

The email later suggests that “Steam is pretty ripe for disruption — if you wanted to take 20-30% paid digital PC market share you could like nobody else can.” Clearly, Epic agreed.