Epic Games brings Fortnite complaint against Apple and Google to the UK Competition Appeal Tribunal

    
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While understandably most of the attention in the Epic vs. Google and Apple legal scuffle has been focused on the suit being heard in the US, there’s a similar legal complaint playing out in the UK, with Epic bringing both mobile manufacturers’ actions against Fortnite to the attention of the country’s Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT).

The claims in question were filed to the CAT in December of last year but were only recently brought to public notice and read very much like the arguments made by Epic in the US in August of last year: In Epic’s estimation, Apple and Google are “unfairly restricting competition” and “reserving to [themselves] the sole payment processing mechanism for purchases of in-app content,” as well as “[engaging] in anti-competitive agreements/concerted practices in the UK and EU” to “charge unfair prices for the distribution of apps.” The complaint seeks to bring Fortnite — and Epic’s own alternate payment processing — back to both mobile platforms’ respective storefronts.

This appears to be part of a global strategy for Epic Games, as readers will recall that the company has also filed a suit against Apple in Australia. As for the legal effort here in the US, that’s still set for a bench trial in May.

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source: Gamasutra
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psytic

“Unfairly Restricting” competition. Epic, you mean like paying developers to release their games as exclusives or timed exclusives on your own platform so im restricted from getting it on Steam or GoG?

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Hurbster

This is the same Epic that’s not letting me transfer my Hitman 2 levels to Hitman 3 because I have Hitman 2 on Steam…

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Schmidt.Capela

I’m skipping that game until, at least, it releases on Steam and is on sale for no more than a few bucks, meaning that IOI will get far less money from me at a far latter date than they would due to locking this game to the disaster that is the Epic store. And that if I don’t skip the game altogether or even find some other way to play it for free; jerks who sign exclusivity deals don’t deserve my money.

And yeah, I do have on my Steam account everything Hitman related that was ever released there.

Plenty other games to play in the meantime.

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Hurbster

I got a refund, I’ll do the same.

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Danny Smith

Okay so they got laughed at in the US for comparing their greed for black peoples struggles for civil rights so what this time? comparison to “The Troubles” or brexit?