With the official start of the discussion in court of the legal dispute between Apple and Epic Games, an unexpected amount of confidential information continues to make its way towards the general public.
During the night, in particular, a document was released that would offer details on the policy adopted by Sony against cross-play. Dating back to the period prior to the enabling of the cross-play per Fortnite: Royal Battle also on PlayStation 4, the latter would describe a system of sharing of earnings between Sony and publisher aimed at compensating one “revenue reduction” resulting from enabling cross-play support on the PS home console.
The publication of the document in the context of the fight in court between Epic Games and Apple immediately attracted the attention of many players active in the videogame sector. To offer further confirmation of what has already been leaked, it now seems to have been the same Tim Sweeney, CEO at Epic Games. This was reported by the editorial staff of The Verge, which is closely following the litigation in the courtroom between the two great technological giants. Reportedly, on May 4, the executive testified during the trial, confirming that “Sony is the only platform holder that requires compensation to enable crossplay“. These are the words of Sweeney: “In some circumstances, Epic will have to pay Sony additional money. In case someone were to play primarily on PlayStation but make in-game purchases on iPhone, then this could trigger offsets“.
The leaked documents, we recall, date back to 2019 and seem to present only part of the policies adopted by Sony towards crossplay. The brief excerpt from Sweeney’s statements offers a small addition to the overall picture, which may have changed more or less significantly from 2019 to today.