Epic Games tried to bribe Google with Stadia access to Fortnite
Epic Games apparently wanted so much access to the Play Store for free, that they more or less tried to bribe Google by offering to bring Fortnite to Stadiums. It seems the plan didn’t work.
Fortnite has not made a return to Google Play since its initial launch. And it was never available on Stadia. Details of the offer are forthcoming in the trial between Apple and Epic Games today. According to the IGN journalist Rebekah Valentine on Twitter, someone during the trial admitted to Epic that they presented Google with the plan to bring Fortnite to both the Play Store and Stadia, if Google licensed the game in the Play Store for free.
Google typically takes a 30% discount on all in-app purchases from apps installed through its storefront. And Epic is trying to get around that licensing fee, which is what got Fortnite removed from the Play Store.
Epic CEO Tim Sweeney thinks bringing Fortnite to Stadia would be a wasteful effort
The most interesting part of this past speech is the turn of events currently unfolding. Prior to the launch of Stadia, the platform seemed like a great place to gift Fortnite. After all, PUBG is available on Stadia and it is one of the more free games. It is also a great rival of Fortnite.
But just last year, Sweeney noted that bringing Fortite to Stadia wasn’t worth it. Because Stadia had no appeal to the mass market. It makes you wonder if this answer had nothing to do with the persistent issue with Fortnite on Google’s other platform.
What could have been
Fortnite isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. But it’s still very popular and continues to attract gamers. It’s also one of the most streamed games, with viewership still well over 100,000. At the time of writing, there were 169,000 viewers streaming on Twitch.
The point is that Fortnite on Stadiums would have been a big deal. It would have been a big win for Google and easily could have attracted more people to play. Based purely on the popularity of the game. But in the long run, it probably wasn’t worth it for Google if it meant removing Epic from the Play Store license fee.
The players are therefore wondering what could have been. You can still play Fortnite on Android devices if you want to access the game on mobile. But you’ll have to install the game from Epic’s own launcher. What you get on its own website.