Epic Games maybe should have thought twice before breaking the rules of Play store andApp Store by offering an alternative payment system in the mobile version of Fortnite. The lawsuit against Apple has already proved Epic wrong on this point, the studio being obliged to reimburse Apple for the $ 6 million corresponding to the commission not paid during the infringement.
Apple’s legal success seems to have given some ideas to Google’s lawyers. The Mountain View firm has indeed just lodged a complaint against Epic Games and accuses the studio of having intentionally violated the rules of the Play Store by integrating an alternative payment system on the Android version of Fortnite, which would have caused a loss of earnings. Therefore (Google applies a 30% commission on in-app purchases just like Apple). Recall that in reverse, Epic Games has already filed a complaint several months ago against Google for abuse of a dominant position in the management of the Play Store.
Epic’s line of defense is already known since Tim Sweeney, CEO of Epic Games, had “justified” the breach of the Play Store rules by the abuse of dominant position by Google, an argument that was not accepted. no use against Apple. Judge Gonzales had in fact considered that one could not violate a commercial contract in retaliation for anti-competitive measures knowing that these anti-competitive abuses must first be proven in court. Worse still for Epic, the anti-trust accusations against Apple were finally dismissed by the California court. Will it be the same during the trial against Google?