Epic Games Sues Google For Anti-Competitive Behaviour

Fortnite has also been removed from the google play store

Epic Games is suing Google for alleged monopolistic and anti-competitive App Store practices, just hours after Fortnite was taken down from the Google Play Store and gaming studios filed a lawsuit against Apple on similar grounds. Google’s distrustful behavior, argues Epic Games, breaks Android’s original “open ecosystem” promises and eliminates consumer choice.

Epic Games has stated in its complaint that such anti-competitive policies that violate both the Sherman Act and California’s Cartwright Act have allowed Google to create monopolies and rigging the distribution of Android apps using numerous and technical barriers Has enabled

Epic Games is taking Google to court on essentially two charges: the latter monopolizing how Android apps are distributed and the Google Play Store’s digital goods tax that allows Google 30 of every purchase made inside an app like Fortnite % Off. The lawsuit is largely similar to the one Epic Games filed against Apple earlier today and is the latest chapter in the gaming studio’s campaign against the companies behind the two largest mobile platforms.

“If not for Google’s anti-competitive behavior, the Android ecosystem could live up to Google’s promise of open competition, providing Android users and developers with a competitive App Store that offers more innovation, significantly lower pricing and payment. Provide a choice of processors, ”Epic Games further wrote in the lawsuit.

However, the battle for Epic Games at Google is much less intense as Android has relatively loose boundaries compared to Apple’s walled garden on iOS. You can still install Fortnite from outside the Google Play Store through alternative sources such as Epic’s own sideloading launcher.

A Google spokesperson told that the company has no further comment at this time and instead, shared a statement released by Google when it kicked off Fortnite from the Play Store: “For game developers who use the Play Store When choosing to do, we have compatible policies that are appropriate for developers and keep the store safe for users. While Fortnite is available on Android, we can no longer make it available on Play as it violates our policies. However, we welcome the opportunity to continue our discussion with Epic and bring Fortnite back to Google Play. “

Epic Games said it does not seek “monetary compensation” or “favorable treatment”, but “prohibitive relief that will fulfill Google’s broken promise: an open, competitive Android ecosystem for all users and industry participants.”

Interestingly, the lawsuit also claims that Google has disrupted a possible deal between OnePlus and Epic Games. The partnership would have allowed Epic Games to preload Fortnite on OnePlus phones and therefore bypass Google Play Store taxes. Epic Games states that there may not be a similar, potential agreement with LG as the phone manufacturer’s contract was “to stop downloading from the Google Play Store this year.”

We have reached out to OnePlus and LG for confirmation and we will update the story when we hear back.

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