Last week, the seal on the secret bag began to break in the Epic Games lawsuit against Google. We learned that Google once admitted that sideloading was an undesirable experience for some users and that it viewed Epic Games as a threat worth suppressing. And MRevelations are coming down the pipeline as additional documents and emails become a “need to know” in court.
The new findings Involving a presentation on a confidential idea Google has for a games suite called ‘Games Future’. The details sound similar to what stadiums is already trying for Chrome and Android, but it would also bring native games to the Apple and Microsoft ecosystems.
First reported by The edge, Games Future was initially presented internally with the idea that Google would run as a sort of games company. The “Games Future” includes a five-year plan for creating “the world’s largest gaming platform” where developers could have one place to target both PC and Mac gamers and even smart displays. Of course, the search giant is positioning the future of gaming as dependent on Google’s wealth of cloud-based services. The idea is that you can all access it through a universal game controller that can be linked to any device or TV. Sounds familiar?
There is also evidence that Google is considering bringing “emulated, native and streamed games” to Windows. This means on-device emulation for its Android apps, which is now only possible through third-party apps like blue stacks. This exact function coming to Windows 11 in the fall, though it’s instead facilitated through the Amazon App Store. Google could have beaten Amazon to the bone.
The full 70-page document is enclosed below for your perusal. There are plenty of juicy bits that went unedited, including gems about Google’s plans for a hooked satellite esports tournament system on YouTube. There’s also an idea of what gaming on a smart screen would have looked like. Obviously, Google has hatched plans to figure out how to index the world’s game library, among everything else.
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