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Epic v. Apple Unearths a VR Bargaining Chip

The Information | May 4, 2021, 3:48 p.m.

You are receiving Reality Check as a limited-time free preview. To ensure your continued access, subscribe to The Information here for a special 75% off your first month.As Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney took the stand on the first day of the Epic-Apple trial yesterday, a small detail in one exhibit caught my attention. In early 2018, Epic Vice President of Business Development Joe Kreiner floated an idea to Sony PlayStation: What if Epic were to commit to the launch of a VR game for Sony’s “next VR platform?”That was just one of several proposals Epic made at the time in an attempt to get Sony to enable cross-platform play for Fortnite, a feature that stood to vastly increase the game’s appeal by letting users play with their friends across different devices. 

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