Epic Games moves anti-competition fight against Apple, Google to UK
Fortnite creator Epic Games has moved its fight against Apple and Google to the United Kingdom, as the firm has filed a complaint to the Competition Appeal Tribunal of the United Kingdom, arguing that the move by Apple to withdraw Fortnite from the App Store was unconstitutional and the company aims to get Apple to allow Fortnite back on the British App Store.
After introducing an update for Fortnite that enabled customers to buy in-game currency directly from Epic, Epic Games was removed from the App Store. As the developer refuses to cooperate with Apple’s App Store guidelines, Fortnite has not been there on the App Store since August.
“Epic Games claimed in an official response to MacRumours that the filing with the Competition Appeal Tribunal is “an important argument” on behalf of UK customers and developers. The legal proceedings allege, according to the statement, that the conduct of both Apple and Google in their respective app stores is a misuse of a dominant position and in violation of the competition laws of the United Kingdom, thus significantly decreasing competition in the delivery and payment processes of apps.
“We believe that this is an important argument to make on behalf of consumers and developers in the UK and around the world who are impacted by Apple and Google’s misuse of market power. We look forward to making our case on January 21,” Epic Games said in the statement.