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Suit allegations Activision was prevented from creating a competing app store by Google for $360 million

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According to reports, Google has spent hundreds of millions of dollars to stop rival app stores from being launched.

Reuters reported that a recently released copy of a lawsuit that Fortnite creator Epic Games initially brought against Google in 2020 shows that the firm paid Activision Blizzard about $360 million over a three-year period.

Google also agreed to pay Riot Games, a League of Legends developer owned by Tencent, $30 million over the course of a year.

In a list of 24 companies that were allegedly compensated in an effort to discourage competition for its Play Store, the lawsuit accuses Google of placing anti-competitive restrictions on mobile device marketplaces. Nintendo and Ubisoft are also named in the lawsuit.

According to reports, the agreements with developers included money for YouTube uploads as well as credits for Google ads and cloud services.

According to Reuters, Google claimed that these agreements to appease developers reflect healthy competition.

With the help of its proposed $68.7 billion acquisition of Activision Blizzard, Microsoft recently revealed plans to develop a “next generation game store” to compete with Apple and Google.

The lawsuit also stated that in order to eliminate competition from the creator of Fortnite, Google considered making an acquisition bid for Epic Games.

It claimed that Google and Tencent, which holds a 40% stake in Epic, talked about working together to gain some control over the business or possibly plot a hostile takeover.

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In order to avoid paying platform holder fees, Epic decided to distribute Fortnite for Android outside of the Play Store. As a result, Google removed the game from its platform. According to Epic, Google felt threatened.

Currently, Epic is contesting the outcome of a comparable antitrust lawsuit it filed against Apple. Nine of the ten counts that the Fortnite creator had brought against the iPhone company were dismissed by the judge last year.

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The new game from Danganronpa’s developers is being published by Aniplex, a Sony company, but it won’t be coming out on PS5

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The upcoming game from the creators of the Danganronpa series has found a publisher in Sony subsidiary Aniplex. However, it’s worth noting that it won’t be initially released on the PS5. It is highly likely that The Hundred Line: Last Defense Academy will be released on Sony’s system at a later date, just like Master Detective Archives: Rain Code in October. However, the development team is currently focusing on prioritizing the release of their latest title on the Nintendo Switch and PC.

Described as a strategy game, the title allows players to step into the shoes of teenager Takumi Sumino, who resides in the perpetually secure Tokyo Residential Complex. When monsters suddenly unleash chaos upon the town, Takumi finds himself thrust into the Last Defense Academy. His mission? To protect the school alongside 14 other students for a grueling 100 days.

As one would anticipate, alongside the strategic gameplay, it is crucial to foster strong relationships with your comrades. Moreover, the outcome of the game can vary greatly, with a staggering 100 possible endings contingent upon the choices you make. We will reach out to Aniplex to inquire about the possibility of a PS5 port. However, it is important to note that Aniplex operates independently from PlayStation, as it falls under the Sony Music umbrella.

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The photo mode in Alan Wake 2 on PS5 doesn’t hold many surprises

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Most new games these days have some kind of photography feature, so it’s hard to remember a time before Photo Modes. Some developers don’t think it’s important for players to be able to take pictures right away, so the feature is added later. One great example of this is Alan Wake 2, which now has Photo Mode thanks to a new update that is now available.

If you look at the trailer above, you can see that you can really get creative with your photos by adding cool borders, overlays, and filters. We always like photo modes, where you can move different lights around in the scene. As the video shows, Remedy really lets you use your imagination with the different colors and lighting props.

 

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Before the DLC comes out, the Big Elden Ring update adds new features and fixes the game’s balance

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There will be an update for Elden Ring next week that sounds pretty important. The patch will come out on June 20, right before Shadow of the Erdtree goes live on June 21. “New features” and “balance adjustments” are what FromSoftware says the update will have.

Luckily, the developer went on to give more information. We went ahead and put them all together in the patch notes below:

New parts of inventory:

  • Items that were just gained will have a “!” next to them
  • There is now a new tab called “Recent Items” that lets you look at items that you just got

What’s new in Summoning Pool?

  • Now, active summoning pools will follow you to NG+
  • The newly added Map Functions Menu now lets you turn on and off individual summoning pools
  • When you use the Small Golden Effigy, it will only choose active Summoning Pools

All new hairstyles:

  • The game now has five more hairstyles to choose from. You can choose them when you make your character, with the Clouded Mirror Stand, or with Rennala’s Rebirth feature.
    FromSoftware also says that the patch will have extra features that aren’t listed here. I hope they’re a pleasant surprise!

Would you like to see any of these changes made? Are you still excited about Shadow of the Erdtree? Get ready by reading the comments below.

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