Epic boss: We paid PlayStation for cross-platform Fortnite

a woman standing on a stage: Kratos, from Sony’s God of War franchise, crossed over to Fortnite at the end of 2020 © Image: Epic Games Kratos, from Sony’s God of War franchise, crossed over to Fortnite at the end of 2020

Sony may have finally allowed cross-platform play on Playstation in 2018, but it also charges publishers royalties in case Sony loses business to its console competitors, says Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney.

It’s another revelation surfacing in documents related to the ongoing Epic Games/Apple lawsuit, whose trial started on Monday. While both Nintendo and Microsoft were early adopters of cross-console play, via Epic Games’ Fortnite, Sony held out and consistently blocked Epic and other publishers from enabling it with the PlayStation 4 versions of their games.

Even Fortnite’s swelling popularity in 2018 wasn’t enough to budge Sony at first. In senior-level emails between Epic and Sony, revealed in the Epic v. Apple trial, and reported by The Verge, Epic was confident Sony would capitulate because Fortnite was the most popular game on PS4 at the time.

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Epic boss: We paid PlayStation for cross-platform Fortnite