It’s go again ! Epic Games, the publisher of the popular Fortnite video game, announced on Wednesday that it had filed a complaint against Apple with the European Commission for abuse of a dominant position in the distribution and payment systems of mobile applications.
This complaint ” completes Other legal proceedings launched by the company in the United States, Australia and the United Kingdom, said Epic Games in a statement. The publisher of Fortnite accuses Apple of forcing application developers to distribute their products exclusively through its App Store and to use only the payment systems of the manufacturer of the iPhone, at the cost of commissions that can reach 30% of revenues.
« The very future of mobile platforms is at stake ”, said Tim Sweeney, founder and CEO of Epic Games, quoted in the statement. ” Consumers have the right to install applications from sources of their choice and developers have the right to compete in a fair market ”, he added, denouncing ” excessive prices ” for consumers caused by lack of competition.
Epic Games attempted in August 2020 to bypass the payment technology of iOS, Apple’s operating system. The group from Cupertino (California) immediately removed Fortnite from the App Store, noting a breach of the rules of the contract between the two companies.
Apple already in the Commission’s sights
Like other developers, the video game publisher sued Apple in the United States for anti-competitive practices. The apple manufacturer defends its closed ecosystem by the desire to protect the security of user data.
Apple was already in the sights of the European Commission, which has opened several investigations against the group, including one following a complaint by the world’s number one music streaming company, the Swedish Spotify, for abuse of a dominant position in the music market in line.
By attacking in turn to the Directorate-General for Competition of the European Commission, Epic asks Brussels ” to remedy Apple’s anti-competitive behavior by imposing prompt and effective corrective measures ”.
Apple and the other American tech giants – Google, Facebook, Amazon and Microsoft – are also targeted in Europe by a draft of new legislation, the Digital Markets Act (DMA) which intends to limit their power.
Source: Politique, Droits – 01net by www.01net.com.
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