Epic Games and Match Group now have a trial period Antitrust case against Google. Northern District Judge of California Set the startOn November 6th, a jury trial will take place. Epic and Match claim that Google has abused its control over Android apps distribution through the Play Store by charging unfair fees and requiring in-app purchases. This lawsuit is also filed by 39 attorney generalPlus, a customer class action lawsuit seeking $4.7billion in damages.
Epic sued Google after Android’s creator in 2020 kick Fortnite outside the Play StoreTo allow customers to use an alternate in-app payment method Match sued GoogleLast year, the “exorbitant” store fee was imposed. Epic and Match strengthened their case and filed a motion last year to expand their claims. Google was accused of further antitrust violations by paying major app developers hundreds of millions of dollar to keep their apps on the Play Store.
Contrary to the Epic lawsuit which was only partially successful against AppleThis state must acknowledge that customers have the option to choose. Apple requires that all regular app downloads must go through the App store. However, Android’s sideloading feature allows customers to install software without having to download it from Google. These apps are difficult to install and less likely be noticed by Android’s default Play Store.
Google denies using its power and argues that the fee was necessary to maintain and fund the Play Store. It asserts that developers can launch third-party stores through the incentive program and that it is fair. Google demanded that the court deny the expanded motions concerning timing and other issues.
Google has made some concessions including a test program. Play Store billing alternatives. Google still gets a cut of every transaction through this beta, but it remains to see if such moves will be approved by the court and regulators. The internet pioneer is currently facing a host of antitrust issues, including a Justice Department suitAs of 2020. Google may not win over Epic or Match.
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