- Epic Games has accused Google of breaking off its deals with OnePlus, LG.
- The deals were for pre-installing a special Fortnite launcher on the phones.
Epic Games is suing both Google and Apple for removing Fortnite from their respective app stores. Now, details from Epicâ€™s lawsuit filed against Google have come to light. The developer is alleging that Google crushed Epicâ€™s deals with OnePlus and LG.
As pointed out by The Verge, Epicâ€™s filing states that Google â€œforced OnePlusâ€� to back off from a deal to pre-install a special Fortnite launcher on its phones. Epic has also accused Google of preventing a similar deal with LG.
Epic claims that its deal with OnePlus was canceled after Google expressed â€œconcernâ€� over the developer offering an install method for Fortnite that bypassed the Play Store.
As per Epicâ€™s original deal with OnePlus, a version of Fortnite with a â€œstate-of-the-art framerateâ€� was to be made available on OnePlus phones worldwide through the pre-installed special launcher. However, Epic claims Google â€œdemanded that OnePlus not implement its agreement with Epic with the limited exception of mobile devices sold in India.â€�
In LGâ€™s case, the company apparently told Epic that it was under contract with Google to block â€œside downloading off Google Play Store this year.â€� This is why the developer claims that it was Google which â€œprevented LG from pre-installing the Epic Games app on LG devices.â€�
If these deals would have gone through, Epic says it â€œcould and would negotiate with OEMs to make Fortnite and other Epic games directly available to consumers, free from Googleâ€™s anti-competitive restraints.â€� When the deals didnâ€™t work out, Epic says it decided to give in and launch Fortnite on the Play Store in April.
Google hasnâ€™t made any comments regarding Epicâ€™s accusations. However, Mishaal Rahman from XDA-Developers independently confirmed that OnePlus was indeed planning on preloading the Epic Games Store. He also pointed out that the Oxygen OS Open Beta 14 for the OnePlus 7 Pro in India actually had Epic Games Store pre-installed until the update was pulled.
I can verify it. I independently confirmed that OnePlus was planning on preloading the Epic Games Store.https://t.co/qxBKB2e1vf
OnePlus eventually only shipped Epic Games as a quick install in its Game Space app: https://t.co/oBdwfsRxyq
â€” Mishaal Rahman (@MishaalRahman) August 14, 2020
Google also declined to comment when The Verge inquired about the specifics of the OnePlus and LG deals.