In addition to trying to convince, and pay, Sony to bring its games over to the Epic Game Store, Epic Games has attempted to get Microsoft to bring games to the store, according to the document. “Their PC Game Pass leader is against what we’re doing,” reads the document, which adds that Microsoft is “effectively bidding against us for content.”
The Epic Games v. Apple trial continues to yield news related to Microsoft. A 222-page confidential document from the trial, which has allegedly been confirmed to be real by The Verge, discusses how Epic competes with Steam. The most pertinent information in relation to the case is likely that Epic offered Sony $200 million for at least four first-party PlayStation games last year, but the document also sheds light on Microsoft’s relationship with Epic.
The document alleges that Xbox chief Phil Spencer “is meeting with Gabe at Valve occasionally.” That text appears in the same section of the document that discusses Microsoft’s Xbox Game Pass efforts. There are rumors that Valve is trying to get Xbox Game Pass onto Steam, which could be related (via GameRant).
The document claims that Microsoft requires indie devs to agree to Xbox Game Streaming in order to have a game published on Xbox. “Microsoft is using harsh language around the requirement,” says Epic, which adds that it’s “sign or be removed from Xbox.”
Windows Central has reached out to Microsoft for comment. We’ll update this post if Microsoft responds.
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