The maker of “Fortnite” Epic leads its battle for Apple in Brussels

Epic Games, the developer of the popular game “Fortnite” and one of the largest video game companies in the world, said wednesday that it had filed an antitrust complaint against Apple AAPL,
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with the European Commission.

  • The complaint alleges that the Cupertino, Calif.-based iPhone maker “not only harmed but completely eliminated competition” on app distribution and payments on its popular App Store, with “a carefully crafted series of anti-competitive restrictions “.

  • The two companies have been engaged in a legal battle since August 2020, when Apple kicked “Fortnite” from the store and revoked Epic’s developer license after the game maker found a way around the 30% fee. imposed on App Store sellers.

  • Apple alleges that Epic acted “with the express intention of violating guidelines which also apply to every developer.” The two companies are heading for a US trial scheduled for May.

  • Epic has said it is not seeking damages in its case with the European Union, but is asking the Commission to impose “swift and effective remedies”.

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Perspectives : Before Epic’s complaint, Brussels had already launched, in June 2020, a official investigation in the App Store, in particular its purchasing system. The Commission said it wanted to “ensure that Apple’s rules do not distort competition in markets where Apple competes with other application developers”.

The EU investigation will be independent of the US judicial process. But California court proceedings, with Apple CEO Tim Cook expected to testify for seven hours, will give a good idea of ​​the legal arguments developed in the case.

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