Epic Games, the maker of Fortnite, filed a lawsuit against Google in Australia on Wednesday, opening another front in the global fight against technology giants in the app market.
The creators of Fortnite (one of the most popular games in the world) have fought Google and Apple in the United States, Europe and the United Kingdom. They accused the two companies of unfair control and revenue behavior in their app stores.
Epic took a similar action against Apple in November last year and filed a lawsuit in the Federal Court of Australia, claiming that Google was “abusing its control of the Android mobile operating system.”
Epic claims that Google violated Australian Consumer Law by forcing developers to use its in-app payment services and preventing users from installing third-party app stores.
Epic founder and CEO Tim Sweeney said in a statement: “Google gives people a sense of openness by arguing about the existence of alternative app stores.”
“In fact, these situations are so rare that they hardly weaken the monopoly of the Android operating system.”
A Google Australia spokesperson declined to comment on Wednesday.
Last year, after Epic adjusted it to avoid sharing revenue with iPhone manufacturers, Apple launched Fortnite from its App Store.
Unlike Google, Apple does not allow users of its popular devices to download applications from any location other than the App Store, and developers must use Apple’s payment system to save money.
Apple and Google are also facing increasing pressure from other technology giants in terms of their control of applications on their platforms.
Facebook and Spotify claim that Apple is acting in an uncompetitive way by setting rules for external developers, but it does not apply to itself.
This dispute prompted the EU’s powerful competition authority to file a series of lawsuits against Apple in June last year, involving its App Store and Apple Pay payment services.
Australia’s competition regulator is also conducting an extensive review of digital platform services.
Apple previously called Spotify and other companies’ complaints “unfounded,” saying they were sour grapes of companies that did not want to follow the same rules as other companies.
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