Epic pushed for subscription-free multiplayer on Xbox ahead of Apple battle

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Evidence shown in court has revealed Epic Games urged Microsoft to drop the Xbox Live Gold requirement for playing free-to-play online multiplayer titles around the time it began its crusade against Apple and Google.

Among the materials made publicly available for the long-awaited Epic vs Apple case — which began earlier this week — an email shows CEO Tim Sweeney asking head of Xbox Phil Spencer to drop the requirement in August 2020.

The email — sent on August 5, 2020 — referred to a previous conversation between the two where they “talked optimistically about the possibility

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