Did Epic Games file EU antitrust complaint against Apple?
Fortnite developer Epic Games has turned to EU antitrust regulators as part of its fight against Apple, further exacerbating a dispute with the iPhone maker over its App Store app and app download controls..
Last August, the game maker tried to avoid paying a 30% commission in favor of Apple for some in-app purchases in the App Store by downloading Fortnite to its own payment processor.
This prompted Apple to strip the acclaimed game hit from the App Store and threaten to close an affiliate account that would effectively block the distribution of Unreal Engine, a software tool used by hundreds of app developers to create games..
Founder and CEO of Epic Games Tim sweeney said Apple’s control over its platform was game-changing.
«The 30% they charge as application tax can easily turn into 50% or 100% at any time.. According to their theory about structuring our market, they have every right to do so.», – he told reporters.
«Epic is not asking any court or regulator to change the tax threshold. We just want to restore competition on the IOS platform», – said Sweeney, referring to Apple’s mobile operating system.
The company also accused Apple of blocking competitors from launching their own gaming subscription service on its platform by preventing them from bundling multiple games together, even though its own Apple Arcade service does so..
Apple says its rules apply equally to all developers and that Epic has violated them.
«Epic has included a feature in their app that has not been reviewed or endorsed by Apple, and they did so with the clear intention of violating App Store guidelines that apply equally to every developer and protect customers. Their reckless behavior has made customers pawns and we look forward to bringing this to the attention of the European Commission», – the company said in a statement.
Apple has taken small steps in recent months to change its practices, including lowering fees for some developers and giving them the opportunity to challenge a number of its decisions..
Fortnite plans to return to iPhone with mobile Safari browser. Epic and Apple have been documenting and testifying in recent weeks ahead of Epic’s scheduled May trial filed last year..
The Commission, which investigates the activities of the mobile payment system Apple Pay and the App Store, acknowledges receipt of the complaint.
«We will review it based on our standard procedures.», – said the spokeswoman for the commission.
Epic Games has also filed a complaint with the UK Competition Court of Appeals.
Major companies such as Microsoft Corp, Spotify and Match Group Inc have also criticized Apple App Store fees and rules..