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John Smedley on Sony's Cross-Play Blocks - 'The Stated Reason was Money'

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John Smedley has come out about what he believes is the bottom line on why the Fortnite cross play issue with Sony continues. Smedley, former studio head of Sony Online Entertainment, sent out a tweet earlier this week saying that when he "was at Sony, the stated reason internally for this was money. Dumb reason, but there it is." he wrote.

btw when I was at Sony, the stated reason internally for this was money. They didn't like someone buying something on an Xbox and it being used on a Playstation. simple as that. dumb reason, but there it is. — John Smedley (@j_smedley) June 18, 2018

Cross play between gamers on multiple platforms has been in the spotlight recently after Fornite launched for Nintendo Switch. "Players who had linked their Epic Games account with the PlayStation 4 version and then tried to launch the game on Switch have found they are unable to log in with the same account. This strips them of previous purchases made on PlayStation and requires them to start over again. This has not been an issue with any other platform.

Is it all about the money? Let us know what you think in the comment.


Suzie Ford

Suzie is the former Associate Editor and News Manager at MMORPG.com. Follow her on Twitter @MMORPGMom