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Google ‘Contemplated Buying Some or All of Epic,’ Suit Says

  • Fortnite maker alleges Google saw it as a competitive threat
  • Game company is suing Google, Apple over app-store fees
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Google, which is being sued by Epic Games Inc. over the fees it charges developers in its mobile-app store, was at one point considering acquiring the game maker, according to previously redacted documents in the court fight.

Google “has developed a series of internal projects to address the ‘contagion’ it perceived from efforts by Epic and others to offer consumers and developers competitive alternatives, and has even contemplated buying some or all of Epic to squelch this threat,” according to an excerpt from Epic’s complaint that was previously sealed from public view and was included in a Google filing last night in San Francisco federal court.