Epic Games files EU antitrust complaint against Apple
What you need to know
- Epic Games has filed an antitrust complaint against Apple with the EU.
- It says that Apple has "completely eliminated competition in app distribution and payment processes."
Epic Games has today announced that it has filed an antitrust complaint against Apple with the European Union.
In a press release today the company stated:
Epic Games says the move complements ongoing legal processes in both the US and Australia, as well as filing in the UK.
Epic Games found and CEO Tim Sweeney stated that "the very future of mobile platforms" was a stake:
In its own release, Epic says it has "faced and been harmed by" Apple's "anti-competitive" restrictions, referring back to its decision to add a direct payment feature to Fortnite last year. The move saw Apple (and Google) remove Fortnite from their respective app stores, prompting Epic Games to sue both of them. Epic also says that Apple has launched its own gaming service, Apple Arcade, whilst barring competitors from doing the same.
The release concludes:
Epic joins other companies who have filed similar complaints against Apple with the EU, notably Spotify.
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