Epic Games, the company behind the video game Fortnite, has expanded the scope of its ongoing dispute with Apple by filing a complaint with the European Union.
The iPhone maker first earned Epic when it launched an action against the company last August for inserting a new payment system into the iOS version of the hit network shooter.
The move prompted Apple to remove the game – which is said to be the most popular in the world – from its App Store and accused Epic of launching the feature with “explicit intent to violate” its guidelines.
Epic replied initiating an antitrust lawsuit in the United States, stating that Apple was exploiting its monopoly over the App Store.
She requested a temporary ban on access to Apple to prevent him from revoking Epic’s developer accounts, which he said would cause “irreparable damage”.
The European Commission’s competition regulator, which is also investigating Apple’s Apple Pay and App Store mobile payment system, confirmed receiving the complaint to Reuters, saying it would be assessed “based on our standard procedures.”
Epic founder and CEO Tim Sweeney criticized Apple at an information meeting, saying that “30% who charge as an application tax can do so 50%, 90% or 100% – according to their theory of how these markets are structured, they have full right to it “.
“Epic is not asking any court or regulator to change this 30% to some other number, just to establish competition on iOS,” Mr. Sweeney added.
“This is about the very future of mobile platforms. Consumers have the right to install applications from the source of their choice, and developers have the right to compete in a fair market.
“We will not stand idly by and allow Apple to use dominance on its platform to control what should be an equal digital playing field,” he added.
In a statement, Apple said: “In ways the judge described as deceptive and secretive, Epic enabled a feature in its app that Apple did not review or approve, and they did so with the express intent of violating App Store guidelines that apply equally. to every developer and protect customers.
“Their reckless behavior has created pawns from customers and we look forward to making this clear to the European Commission.”
The legal dispute attracted a number of Epic Games sympathizers, with Facebook helping the firm provide relevant information on how Apple’s policies have negatively impacted the company.
Apple and Facebook are on the verge of a series of conflicts as litigation and technology develop their business models – with the technology industry that should be reshaped into the image of a winner.
Apple also has pbanned gaming streaming applications from the App Store, including Googleis Stadia and Microsoftis the new Xbox xCloud.
This prompted Microsoft to criticize Apple, saying it “stands alone as the only general-purpose platform that denies consumers cloud gaming services and subscriptions to games such as the Xbox Game Pass.”
“[Apple] consistently treats gaming applications differently, applying more lenient rules to non – gaming applications, even when they include interactive content, “Microsoft added.