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Epic Games Advocates App Store Reforms in Response to Antitrust Win Against Google
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Epic Games, the creator of the popular video game “Fortnite,” is pushing for reforms in Google’s Play Store following an antitrust victory against the tech giant.

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Proposal for Greater Competition

In a court filing, Epic urged U.S. District Judge James Donato to enforce changes that would increase competition in the Play Store. This includes allowing users more flexibility in downloading apps and restricting Google’s ability to make exclusive deals with device manufacturers to limit the preloading of competing app stores.

  
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Call for More Freedom

Epic emphasized the need for consumers and developers to have more control over app distribution and in-app purchases. They advocate for bringing the Epic Games Store to Android without obstacles and for eliminating anticompetitive fees and restrictions.

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Google’s Response

In response, Google argued that Epic seeks to benefit from the Play Store without meeting its requirements. They defended Android as an open platform facing significant competition from rivals like Apple.

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Judicial Consideration

Judge Donato, who oversaw the antitrust trial against Google, is not obligated to accept Epic’s proposal. However, this filing sets the stage for further legal battles over Google’s app store policies and control mechanisms.

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Background on the Antitrust Trial

The jury verdict in December found Google guilty of hindering developers’ ability to distribute apps freely and imposing excessive fees on in-app transactions. Google has faced criticism for its 30% commission on many apps and purchases.

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Epic’s Stance

Epic CEO Tim Sweeney has expressed dissatisfaction with the previous settlement, believing it did not adequately address competition concerns in the Play Store.

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Legal Landscape

While Google has agreed to a $700 million settlement over Play Store restrictions, it plans to appeal the antitrust verdict. Any reforms mandated by the court could prolong the legal battle, similar to Epic’s ongoing case against Apple regarding its App Store practices.



 

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