Sony asks for compensation if there is a loss for crossplay.
Crossplay is a sweet way for players to be able to meet on one server without needing to have the same platform. The technology, which was heavily pushed by Microsoft and Xbox, has succeeded in creating a healthy gaming environment because it does not need to be dependent on any particular platform.
Even though Sony itself was a bit late, they also ended up supporting crossplay implementation. Players can play multiplayer games on PC and meet those who play them on the PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series.
But who would have thought that only Sony put up a price for these features.
This was revealed by Tim Sweeney, CEO of Epic Games during the Epic vs Apple trial. Sweeney admitted that only Sony was a company that needed compensation for losses caused by the crossplay feature.
In the shared documents, it is indicated that Sony will charge royalties if the crossplay profit drops below 85%. This means that if the profit from microtransaction and other paid content reaches below 85% of those who play it on the PlayStation, then Sony will charge a fee to compensate for the loss.
This agreement was made in order to avoid players buying items in stores other than PlayStation.
“In some cases, Epic will have to pay Sony a fortune. If someone buys something from an iPhone but plays it on the PlayStation, then this action could be one of the triggers for this compensation, ”said Sweeney.
Epic’s collaboration with Sony also gives Sony the right to view the financial statements of publishers for profit in the game so they can calculate how much profit they should get.
Another document released also shows how unwilling Sony is to support crossplay.
An Email in 2018 from Epic Games vice president of business development Joe Krenier told Sony that they love working with PlayStation and want the partnership to be in a win-win situation.
The email also explains how Epic not only wants to share its data with Sony, but also offers the E3 brand with PlayStation and announces crossplay with Sony. The goal is to make Sony look like a hero by supporting crossplay.
However, the offer was rejected by Sony, which was replied to by its Senior Director of Developer Relations where according to them crossplatform play was not something that could support and improve the PlayStation business after several business explorations.
As the incident took place, former Sony Online Entertainment CEO John Smedley explained the only reason for Sony’s refusal to crossplay is money. “When I was at Sony, the reason they expressed was money, they didn’t like someone buying something on the Xbox and using it on the PlayStation. It’s that simple. It is a stupid excuse, but that is the reality, ”he said.
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