Google considered buying “all or part” of Epic Games during its dispute with Apple

According to recently revealed court documents, as the companies argued over the Android version of Fortnite, Google considered buying Epic Games.

During the early hours of the morning, Google revealed some of its wording in the antitrust complaint filed by Epic Games against the technology giant, which it updated last month. The new information reflects Google’s internal communications about the competition on the Android platform.

Google “has developed a number of internal projects to address the ‘contagion’ it perceived from efforts by Epic and others to offer consumers and developers competitive alternatives, and has even contemplated buying part or all of Epic to quell this threat.”, according to a copy of the antitrust lawsuit.

Google’s monopoly

Internal messages discussing the possibility of buying Epic by Google remain secret. According to The Verge, they do not indicate demand that Google has been connected to the video game company.

However, the disputes continue. Epic’s lawsuit was recently linked to a much larger state antitrust lawsuit against Google. The main reason for both complaints is that Android is far less open than the tech company claims, saying the cuts create deliberate barriers.

That includes Android phone features and agreements with phone manufacturers to restrict third-party app stores and discourage app download directly, without the intermediation of the Play Store.