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Epic Games, Creator Of Fortnite, Prevails In Antitrust Case Against Google, Declaring It A Victory For App Developers And Consumers

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Epic Games has triumphed in its antitrust lawsuit against Google

“It proves that Google’s app store practices are illegal and they abuse their monopoly to extract exorbitant fees”

Epic filed the lawsuit in August 2020 in response to Google imposing up to 30% in fees on in-game purchases made through the Google Play Store and preventing the company from implementing its own payment method to avoid these exorbitant costs.

A California jury found in favor of Epic on all counts after just a few hours of deliberation. The court document accused Google of “willfully acquiring or maintaining monopoly power by engaging in anticompetitive conduct.”

Epic said on its website:  “Today’s verdict is a win for all app developers and consumers around the world. “It proves that Google’s app store practices are illegal and they abuse their monopoly to extract exorbitant fees, stifle competition and reduce innovation.”

Googles Reply:

In a reply, Google announced that it would be appealing the ruling. Wilson White, vice president of government affairs and public policy, stated in a statement: “We will continue to defend the Android business model and remain deeply committed to our users, partners, and the broader Android ecosystem.”

In 2020, Epic brought a lawsuit akin to this one against Apple; however, the court decided to side with Apple in that case. It is too early to tell how the decision will affect developers and digital storefronts.

With the debut of Lego Fortnite, which has attracted 2.3 million continuous players—more than all of the Fortnite battle royale modes combined—Epic Games is undoubtedly in a good place right now.