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It’s no secret that Sony held back PS4 cross-platform play for years, but new confidential documents & emails reveal just how much Sony was against letting people play the same games with their friends on other platforms. Sony initially blocked cross-platform play for both Rocket League and Minecraft, despite Nintendo and Microsoft both enabling players to play across Xbox & Switch. The issue really blew up when Sony blocked Fortnite crossplay in 2018, & players were angry. It now appears that Sony may have been holding out to offset potential revenue losses.

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In the months leading up lớn Sony’s decision to block Fortnite crossplay in 2018, Epic Games had pleaded with Sony to lớn enable crossplay, emails in the Epic Games v. Apple case reveal. “I can’t think of a scenario where Epic doesn’t get what we want - that possibility went out the door when Fortnite became the biggest game on PlayStation,” said Joe Kreiner, Epic’s vice president of business development.


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Epic Games’ plea to Sony to enable crossplay. Kreiner proposed, “We announce crossplay in conjunction with Sony. Epic goes out of its way lớn make Sony look like heroes.” Epic even offered lớn brand its E3 presence with PlayStation or địa chỉ cửa hàng unique characters, exclusive to PS Plus subscribers, to lớn sweeten the deal. “Let’s make this a huge win for us all. Epic’s not changing it’s mind on the issue, so let’s just agree on it now,” said Kreiner.

Sony didn’t agree.

Gio Corsi, Sony’s senior director of developer relations at the time, dismissed the idea of crossplay, noting that “cross-platform play is not a slam dunk no matter the kích cỡ of the title” — a clear reference lớn Epic’s flex about Fortnite’s dominance on PlayStation. “As you know, many companies are exploring this idea và not a single one can explain how cross-console play improves the PlayStation business,” said Corsi.

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The e-mail correspondence doesn’t reveal where the issue ultimately ended up, but a document entitled “cross-platform policy, requirements, and process” from August 2019 (after Sony’s change) reveals how Sony may now approach crossplay: a cross-platform revenue share, forcing publishers khổng lồ pay Sony a royalty whenever PlayStation players contribute more than a certain percentage to lớn the bottom line of a cross-platform game, to “offset the reduction in revenue” from Sony enabling crossplay.


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Sony’s cross-platform revenue giới thiệu stipulations. Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney confirmed in testimony today that Sony is the only platform holder that requires this compensation for crossplay. “In certain circumstances Epic will have to pay additional revenue khổng lồ Sony,” said Sweeney. “If somebody were primarily playing on PlayStation, but paying on iPhone then this might trigger compensation.” Sweeney also revealed that Epic had to agree to lớn pay these additional fees khổng lồ Sony in order to lớn enable crossplay in Fortnite.

Sony also stipulates in the policy that publishers can’t transfer virtual currency khổng lồ or from PlayStation, và that there must be a setting lớn disable all cross-platform interactions.

There may have been other good reasons for Sony to stop blocking crossplay as well: three months after the Epic Games emails, Sony was facing a backlash when it blocked Fortnite crossplay và eventually backed down in late 2018, with a new policy change to lớn enable crossplay in certain games.

Update, May 3rd 6:15PM ET: Article updated with comments from Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney confirming Sony’s crossplay compensation.