Epic Games’ Fortnite offered a direct in-app payment system bypassing apple’s (with 30% cut) & google’s; violating their rules and got itself removed. Fortnite has now charged them for being anti-competitive, claiming that app stores are monopolies.
The gaming giant’s move is ‘revolutionary’ because it may disrupt the app-store business of Google and Apple.
• Released a spoof video of the iconic Apple’s ad from 1984, painting it as a villain, like Apple did to IBM
• With a 60-page complaint for each, asking the court to end Apple and Google’s anti-competitive conduct, but no compensation
• Big-name representation; one of Epic’s lawyers ran the Justice Department’s antitrust division
• Earlier this year, the European Commission opened 2 antitrust investigations into Apple’s App Store, citing a complaint by Spotify