Epic Games has submitted a complaint to the United Kingdom’s Competition Appeal Tribunal, expanding its Fortnite legal battle with both Apple and Google to another country.
According to Bloomberg, â€ŒEpic Gamesâ€Œ is claiming that Apple’s decision to remove Fortnite from the App Store was unlawful, and the company is aiming to get Apple to allow Fortnite back into the British â€ŒApp Storeâ€Œ.
In a statement provided to MacRumors, â€ŒEpic Gamesâ€Œ said that the filing with the Competition Appeal Tribunal is “an important argument” that it is making on behalf of consumers and developers in the UK.
â€ŒEpic Gamesâ€Œ has launched legal proceedings against Apple and Google in the United Kingdom, expanding its fight to advance fair digital platform practices for consumers and developers.
The legal proceedings, filed in Londonâ€™s Competition Appeal Tribunal, allege the conduct of both Apple and Google in their respective app stores is an abuse of a dominant position and in breach of the UKâ€™s competition laws, substantially reducing competition in app distribution and payment processes.
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 Googleâ€™s misuse of market power. We look forward to making our case on January 21.
Epic is not seeking damages from Apple or Google in the UK, Australia or the US, it is simply seeking fair access and competition that will benefit all consumers.
Similar arguments from â€ŒEpic Gamesâ€Œ have not worked in the U.S., where Fortnite and Apple have been embroiled in an increasingly bitter legal fight since August. In the U.S., â€ŒEpic Gamesâ€Œ asked for a preliminary injunction to keep Fortnite on the â€ŒApp Storeâ€Œ, but was denied because its removal was caused by â€ŒEpic Gamesâ€Œ and could have been reversed if â€ŒEpic Gamesâ€Œ followed the â€ŒApp Storeâ€Œ rules.
â€ŒEpic Gamesâ€Œ in August added a Fortnite update that allowed customers to purchase in-game currency directly from Epic, skirting Apple’s in-app purchases. That is against Apple’s rules, and the move led Apple to pull the app from the App Store.
After that, â€ŒEpic Gamesâ€Œ filed a planned lawsuit against Apple, and Apple ultimately terminated â€ŒEpic Gamesâ€Œ’ developer account. Fortnite has not been available on iOS devices since August, and as Epic refuses to comply with the â€ŒApp Storeâ€Œ rules, there is no path for it to return to the â€ŒApp Storeâ€Œ.
Apple and Epic will face off in court in July 2021, and at the current time, both sides are preparing for the upcoming legal fight.
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