Epic flashes Apple’s lawsuit in a British court – but is allowed to sue Google

Fortnite – apple of contention between Epic, Apple and Google. (Image: Epic Games)

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In the dispute with Apple over the strict App Store rules, Epic Games has now suffered a setback in a British court. Epic has to fight his legal battle in the USA.

The public dispute between Epic Games and Apple over the app store rules will not be decided in a British court. The Competition Appeal Tribunal has now finally dismissed a corresponding lawsuit by the Fortnite makers after a virtual hearing in January. Interestingly enough, Epic is allowed to have Google and its handling of Fortnite in the Play Store in Great Britain examined by a court.

UK court: Google lawsuit yes, Apple lawsuit no

One BBC report According to the different corporate structures of the two big US tech giants are responsible for this. At Google, the Irish subsidiaries have a certain influence on the decisions in the group, decided the court. But not at Apple, which also has a subsidiary in Ireland. For Epic, however, this should not be an equivalent replacement. Because the main lawsuit is directed against the iPhone group.

Epic had only recently submitted a competition complaint to the EU Commission against Apple. The dispute between Epic Games and Apple was sparked by the fact that the iPhone company has a 30 percent share in all in-app sales. These in-app purchases represent the main source of income for Epics Fortnite – which is why the game manufacturer would prefer to avoid this tax. The attempt to do this via an alternative payment system had failed due to Apple’s resistance. Since Epic did not want to submit, Apple threw Fortnite out of the app store without further ado. A corresponding lawsuit in the USA is to be heard in July.

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Fortnite playable via direct download on Android

At Google, the situation for Epic Games is a little different. Even with the search engine giant, 30 percent of app sales are stuck. However, unlike Apple and iOS, it is also possible to download an app directly to Android devices without the Play Store. Fortnite only officially moved into the Play Store a few months before the disputes with the App Store operators flared up after a long struggle between Epic and Google.

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