In the short term, it has failed to assert its interests through litigation, so now on another front, in the EU, UK and Australian competition authorities, Epic Games is attacking some terms from Apple’s App Store. The companies were still in a dispute last August when Apple banned Epic Games ’most popular online game, Fortnite, from its own marketplace for introducing a workaround solution for in-app purchases.
Apple’s commission system and business policy, the biggest ever to date, began unfolding in mid-August last year, when Epic introduced an in-app payment option that bypassed platform owners’ own systems without any prior warning. Through the latter, moreover, the “V-Buck” currencies used in Fortinte could be purchased at a significantly cheaper rate of 20%.
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In response, Apple and Google removed Fortnite from the marketplaces virtually immediately, which Epic presumably had anticipated, as it sued both companies that day – even more so in the case of Apple, as Fortnite can be brought in from other sources on Android. while on the iOS platform, the App Store is virtually unavoidable.
In connection with the current competition complaints, Epic pointed out that the company is not having a problem with the 30% commission on Apple’s distribution platform, but with the fact that the Cupertino company can change any terms in its sole interest at its own discretion. In the same way, the company that also develops the Unreal engine has drawn attention to the phenomenon that Apple is actually helping its own distribution platforms by creating unfavorable conditions for rival subscription platforms.
For the same reason, Apple has previously complained to the European Commission about a number of other industry players, including online music streaming provider Spotify.
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