Epic Games, the company behind the popular computer game Fortnight, has opened a new front in the legal battle against Google. The video game maker has also filed a lawsuit in Australia alleging that it distorted the competition within Google’s App Store.
The case follows similar lawsuits filed by epic games against Google and Apple in the United States, the European Union and the United Kingdom. The main point of the complaint is that two technical groups are forcing application developers with a portion of their income.
For apps downloaded via the App Store or Google Play, Apple and Google must use their own payment method when making purchases within those apps, respectively. In Epic games, for example, these are the coins that players of the Fortnight shooting game can buy. Both technology companies that provide operating systems for most smartphones charge commissions of up to 30 percent.
Unlike Apple, Google allows applications to be downloaded from other than its App Store on its Android operating system. But in the new charge, Epic Games claims that Google “makes it incredibly difficult”, which means that the search engine maker violates consumer protection laws.
A series of epic games lawsuits against Apple and Google followed the removal of Fortnight from their download stores. The video game company is not the only one complaining about the commission policy within the app stores. For example, a group of media companies such as Spotify, Facebook and Bloomberg, The New York Times and Disney believe that Apple should do something about paying commissions within its App Store.
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