The maker of “Fortnite” Epic leads its battle for Apple in Brussels
Epic Games, the developer of the popular game “Fortnite” and one of the world’s largest video game companies, said on Wednesday it had filed an antitrust complaint against Apple AAPL,
with the European Commission.
Complaint alleges Cupertino, Calif.-Based iPhone maker “not only harmed but completely eliminated competition” on app distribution and payments on its popular App Store, with “a series of restrictions carefully crafted anti-competitive practices “.
The two companies have been engaged in a legal battle since August 2020, when Apple kicked “Fortnite” from the store and revoked Epic’s developer license after the game maker found a way around the 30% fee. imposed on App Store sellers.
Apple alleges that Epic acted “with the express intention of violating guidelines which also apply to every developer.” The two companies are heading for a US trial scheduled for May.
Epic has said it is not seeking damages in its case with the European Union, but is asking the Commission to impose “swift and effective remedies”.
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Perspectives : Before Epic’s complaint, Brussels had already launched, in June 2020, a formal investigation into the App Store, in particular its purchasing system. The Commission said it wanted to “ensure that Apple’s rules do not distort competition in markets where Apple competes with other application developers.”
The EU investigation will be independent of the US judicial process. But the proceedings in a California court, which Apple CEO Tim Cook is expected to testify for for seven hours, will give a good idea of the legal arguments developed in the case.
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