I would not say Epic’s close to proving it yet, but Koh did testify both Activision Blizzard and Riot had signaled they were looking into building their own app stores and that King (part of Activision Blizzard) agreed not to ship their games on any other platform before Google Play and with feature parity.
We’re also seeing emails between bizdev leaders at Google about how Activision was trying to negotiate $20M via YouTube and $100M of credits, plus many more millions of dollars for exclusive rights to stream all of Activision’s esports including the Overwatch League and Call of Duty League — $50M for year one of that, $60M for year two, with an option for a year three.
Ryan Wyatt, head of YouTube gaming, seemed skeptical in an email about the size of that deal, saying Activision didn’t yet generate $20M a year for YouTube.
And now we’re going on lunch break.
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