Google paid Activision Blizzard to stay on Play Store


Florian Mueller (via Michael Tsai):

The world now knows that in January 2020, Google signed a three-year agreement with Activision Blizzard King (“ABK”), “pursuant to which Google agreed to pay ABK approximately $360 million” in order to dissuade Activision Blizzard from creating its own Android app store. Three-hundred and sixty million dollars for not competing.

Bad timing. Microsoft is already under scrutiny for antitrust issues with their purchase of Activision Blizzard King (ABK) with antitrust authorities having to make a decision soon.

Would Microsoft still allow ABK to stay on the Play Store? Or would they move them to the Microsoft App Store where the Xbox games already are?


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