Google CEO Sundar Pichai recently got grilled by the congressional lawmakers in the antitrust meeting. At the hearing, Pichai denied all the charges, exploited the information at hand, and operated anti-competitive strategies. It seems Google was not telling the truth to the congressmen, as Epic Games, the creators of popular online smartphone game Fortnite filed a lawsuit against Google for anti-competitive practices. The lawsuit was filed against the search engine giant following the Google Play Store ban.
Before this Apple has also banned Epic Games from the App Store and filed itself amid a lawsuit on the same day.
“Epic enabled a feature in its app which was not reviewed or approved by Apple, and they did so with the express intent of violating the App Store guidelines,” Apple said in a statement provided to Deadline. “We will make every effort to work with Epic to resolve these violations so they can return Fortnite to the App Store.”
According to The Verge report, Epic Games filed a lawsuit against Google in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. The legal action which is also called “a series of anti-competitive restraints and monopolistic practices” was taken hours after Google removed the Fortnite from the Play Store.
“Google’s Code of Conduct explained that this admonishment was about “how we serve our users” and “much more than that . . . it’s also about doing the right thing more generally”. Twenty-two years later, Google has relegated its motto to nearly an afterthought and is using its size to do evil upon competitors, innovators, customers, and users in a slew of markets it has grown to monopolize,” reads the filling.
Epic Games has also mentioned a series of reasons backing the antitrust lawsuit which is beyond the removal of Fortnite from the Play Store. The company claims that Google is pressurizing popular smartphone brand OnePlus to sign a deal that says that OnePlus phones will come with a pre-installed Epic Games Store which would allow users to download and update games like Fortnite.
“For game developers who choose to use the Play Store, we have consistent policies that are fair to developers and keep the store safe for users,” a Google representative told The Verge. “While Fortnite remains available on Android, we can no longer make it available on Play because it violates our policies. However, we welcome the opportunity to continue our discussions with Epic and bring Fortnite back to Google Play.”
While going through the lawsuit filed by Epic Games we learned that with this lawsuit Epic is planning to launch its own Epic Games Store on Android and iOS platform so that the Epic Game Store will compete with the Play Store and App Store without forcing app and game developers to pay 30 percent of the app purchase revenue to the tech giants.
Just in case if you don’t know Google Play Store and Apple App Store charges 30 percent of the app revenue from the entire app which they called standard charges. In simple terms, if you’re buying a game pass or making any in-app purchase then the share will also go to the store owners.