Far from being positive news for either side, according to recently revealed court documents, it appears that Google considered buying Epic Games as the two companies clashed over the margin policies of the Android app store and the hit game Fortnite, with the sole aim of quelling the huge controversy that this trial generated among users.

According to documents shared from TheVerge, Epic claims that Google was threatened over its plans to circumvent Google’s official Play Store commission by distributing Fortnite through other channels, and in an unredacted segment, cites an internal Google document that calls Epic’s plans a “contagion” that threatens Google.

Google has gone so far as to share its monopoly profits with business partners to secure its agreement to ring-fence competition, has developed a series of internal projects to address the “contagion” it perceived from Epic’s and others’ efforts to offer consumers and competitive developers alternatives, and has even contemplated buying part or all of Epic to quell this threat,” reads the document shared by the still Tencent-owned company.

However, Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney’s claims about the news are curious, saying that much of this information is new (though not surprising) to him:

For its part, Epic Games has also alleged that Google offered it a “special deal” to launch Fortnite on the Play Store. In another unsealed section, the complaint describes a Google Play administrator who contacted Epic about its plans to download Fortnite, and apparently admitted that the download is a “frankly abysmal” experience in the process.

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Google’s concern takes reality

Epic’s lawsuit was recently linked to a much larger state antitrust lawsuit against Google. Like Epic, a group of state attorneys general allege that Android is far less open than Google claims, saying the cuts create deliberate barriers, including Android phone features and agreements with phone makers, to restrict third-party app stores and discourage app downloads directly.

For its part, Google has flatly denied the claims in both lawsuits. “The abi ecosystemAndroid’s Play Store allows developers to distribute apps across multiple app stores. For game developers who choose to use the Play Store, we have consistent policies that are fair to developers and keep the store safe for users.

Epic’s case against Apple went to trial in May and is currently awaiting a court ruling, but certainly the closure of this case doesn’t seem to be the end of Google’s nightmare.