Epic Games wins antitrust lawsuit against Google

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The creators of Fortnite, Epic Games, have scored a solid win over tech giant Google in an antitrust lawsuit regarding the policies and monopoly of Google over the Android app market, with Epic Games claiming that the App Store’s practices violated federal and California state antitrust laws.

The three-year long legal battle between the companies finally came to an end on December 11 after the jury found Google’s app store to be having an illegal monopoly over mobile apps.

Celebrating the victory, CEO of Epic Games, Tim Sweeney tweeted, “Victory over Google! After 4 weeks of detailed court testimony, the California jury found against the Google Play monopoly on all counts. The Court’s work on remedies will start in January.”

Google remains headstrong that their policies do not stifle competition in any form. The Vice President of government affairs and public policy at Google, Wilson White said, “We will continue to defend the Android business model and remain deeply committed to our users, partners, and the broader Android ecosystem,” as per The Guardian.

In case the ruling is upheld in the higher courts, the coming months might see a drastic change in how Google Play Store operates and how the apps are distributed by the developers.

The war against Google’s monopoly started after the mobile version of Fortnite was removed from the Play Store after Epic Games integrated a system to receive payments directly. With this move, players would get cheaper in-app purchases as the company did not have to pay Google its 30% commission.

For example, a transaction costing players $10 through Google would only cost around $8 if they made payment using Epic’s system. Players who wanted to pay through Google still had that option.

Epic Games is also in a legal battle with Apple after a similar case occurred with Apple’s app store, who also booted Fortnite for the same reason. Apple is already being monitored by the EU commission regarding their decision to restrict app sideloading.

While both companies operate differently, Epic Games claims that Apple ultimately restrict the competition and want to hold monopoly over the mobile market.