Epic Games files suit against Apple and Google in UK

After filing a complaint against the two giants in the United States almost five months ago, Epic Games is extending its legal battle in order to put all the odds in its favor.

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Epic Games is expanding its legal battle to the UK. It is Bloomberg which relays the information, specifying that Epic Games has just filed a complaint against the two giants Apple and Google with the British court which deals with competition cases between companies.

The dispute between Epic Games and Apple and Google began in August 2020, when Epic Games had implemented, in the Fortnite app, a direct payment method through an update, at the same time violating App Store payment rules. Apple therefore decided to have Fortnite removed from its store on the day of the update. Epic Games had anticipated the reaction of the Californian giant and then published a parody of the cult Apple advertising, 1984, in which the publisher denounces the famous “Apple tax”, commission that the firm recovers for each purchase made from its App Store . Soon after, Google, too, decided to remove Fortnite from its own store, the Play Store, the game also being in violation of the platform’s purchasing rules. The complaint filed by Epic Games therefore extended to Google.

While the legal battle began in the United States, it has now spread to the UK subsidiaries of Apple and Google. Epic Games remains in its position and claims that the decision taken by Apple and Google to remove its game from their platform was illegal. Epic Games even explains that Apple is taking advantage of its « domination » and prevents Epic Games from having access to “Fair competition that will benefit all consumers”. If some see it as theft from Epic Games, some publicly express their support for the studio, as Spotify did a few months ago. While the battle has only just started in the UK, it’s been five months since it started in the US and it’s not about to be over.

Source: Journal du Geek by www.journaldugeek.com.

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