Epic Games takes its legal battle against Apple Global, and files an antitrust complaint in Europe against the iPhone manufacturer.
Why it matters: The move adds another layer to the long-running dispute and brings it to a jurisdiction that has historically been tougher for U.S. technology companies.
Capture quickly: In September last year, Epic added its own purchasing mechanism to the Fortnite app, and deliberately created a confrontation with Apple, which does not allow payment systems other than its own. Apple removed Fortnite from the App Store and Epic immediately filed a lawsuit.
- A similar chain of events took place with Google on the Android site, but in that case Epic can continue to distribute Fortnite alone outside the Google Play Store, while there is no similar option for iOS.
- Apple also supported Epic in October, claiming breach of contract.
Between the lines: Europe uses standards other than the United States when it comes to antitrust issues, and focuses more on harm to rivals than the United States, which tends to focus more on the impact on consumers.
- The complaint itself is confidential, but the EU already has an ongoing investigation of Apple.
What they say: Epic CEO Tim Sweeney said in a statement that Apple̵
“What is at stake here is the very future of mobile platforms.” In Sweeney. “Consumers have the right to install apps from sources they choose, and developers have the right to compete in a fair marketplace.”