In the last stage of Epic Games’ case against the tech giants, the Fortnite Developer is taking Google to court, this time in Australia.
the full case that Epic filed in Australian federal courts earlier this week accuses Google from having a “near monopoly” on the distribution of applications and payments in the Android market by imposing a series of “contractual and technical” restrictions on the developers it works with. Taken together, Epic says, these hurdles that Google requires its partners to jump constitute a flagrant violation Australian Competition Laws.
“Google gives the illusion of being open by arguing about the presence of alternative app stores on its platform or by allowing direct download of apps from external providers, Epic Founder and CEO Tim Sweeney said in a declaration. “Actually, these situations are so rare that they hardly make a dent in the monopoly of the Android operating system.”
When it comes to Australia, you are right. Android controls just under half of market share for the approximately 20 million smartphones across the country. And as Epic points out in their statement, about 90% of the apps on those phones are obtained through the Google Play store, for market research that Australian authorities had previously published.
What’s Happening In Australia Is The Latest At Epic’s ongoing crusade against two of the biggest leaders in the mobile operating space: Apple and Google. Back in august, epic inserted a direct payment system in Fortnite which was explicitly designed to avoid the 30% cut that Apple or Google take from subscriptions and in-game purchases made through Apple App store wave Google Play Store. Pretty soon after word got out that Epic was trying to evade his cash cuts, both companies blocked Fortnite from their respective stores.
At that time, Epic (rightly so) he pointed that being forced to use this type of pay-per-play system is more than a little unfair. When none of the operators moved, the lawsuits began. In August, Epic filed a lawsuit against Apple Y Google in California courts, charging both of them with anti-competitive behavior. A few months later, Epic filed a lawsuit. against Apple’s headquarters in Australia for reasons similar to the current case of Google. He then filed additional charges against Apple and Google in Europe. just last month.