Fortnite Maker Epic Games files antitrust lawsuit against Apple in EU
Fortnite developer Epic Games has stepped up its battle with Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) by filing an antitrust complaint in the European Union (EU) regarding the fees Apple takes for in-app purchases made from apps downloaded from its App Store.
Although the two clash in court in May, Epic is making its war on Apple’s payments system a global one, after filing similar lawsuits against it in the United States, Australia and the United Kingdom. .
Last summer, Epic Games circumvented Apple’s fees by allowing Fortnite players to pay the developer directly for any in-app purchase. The reduction in these payments by Apple typically reaches 30%.
Although many developers have expressed concern about the system, none have attacked Apple for fear of losing access to the platform. This is part of the argument Epic uses to file its complaint, writing in a blog post:
Apple not only hurt, but completely eliminated competition from the app distribution and payment process. Apple is using its control of the iOS ecosystem to profit while blocking its competitors and its conduct is an abuse of dominance.
Apple responded to the end of the race around its App Store fees by start of Epic Games platform, resulting in lawsuits and counter-actions Epic is still not available on the App Store.
Apple argues that the fees help the App Store stay secure and that Epic’s efforts to bypass the system violate guidelines that apply to all developers accessing the system.
Although Epic has suffered a significant loss of Fortnite players after being started from the App Store and iOS operating system, the video game developer says he is not seeking damages against Apple, but only to restore fairness and competition to the system.
Epic CEO Tim Sweeney said: “What’s at stake here is the very future of mobile platforms.”
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