Epic Games files a complaint against Apple with the European Commission

The battle continues between the two companies. The video game editor Fortnite accuses Apple of not respecting competition law.

The tone continues to rise between and the Cupertino company. The publisher of the famous video game has announced that it has filed a complaint against Apple for abuse of a dominant position in the distribution and payment systems of mobile applications. This complaint “completes»Other legal proceedings initiated by the company in the United States, Australia and the United Kingdom.

The video game publisher accuses of forcing application developers to distribute their products exclusively through its own App Store platform. He also accuses him of using only the payment systems of the manufacturer of the, at the cost of commissions which can reach 30% of the receipts.

«The very future of mobile platforms is at stakeSaid, the founder and CEO of Epic Games. “Consumers have the right to install applications from sources of their choice and developers have the right to compete in a fair market“, He added, denouncing”excessive pricesFor users, caused by the lack of competition.

Fortnite still unavailable on iPhone

Epic Games attempted in August 2020 to bypass payment technology from Apple’s operating system. The Cupertino group, noting a breach of the rules of the contract between the two companies. To this day, it still is.

Like other developers, the video game publisher sued. The apple manufacturer defends its closed ecosystem by the desire to protect the security of user data.

Apple was already in the sights of the European Commission, which has opened several investigations against the group, including one following a complaint by the world number one in music streaming, Swedish,. By attacking in turn to the Directorate-General for Competition of the European Commission, Epic asks Brussels “remedy Apple’s anti-competitive behavior by imposing prompt and effective corrective measures».

Apple and the other American tech giants (,, and), are also targeted in Europe by a project of new legislation, the Regulation on Digital Markets (“”, DMA) which intends to limit their omnipotence. But the text, presented in December, is only at the beginning of a legislative process that could take three years, according to some experts.

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