Epic Games has taken its conflict with Apple and Google overseas.
The “Fortnite” developer submitted a dispute to the U.K. antitrust tribunal, claiming Apple’s removal of the game from the App Store was unlawful. A similar complaint was filed against Google.
“Fortnite” was pulled from Apple and Google’s digital stores after Epic wanted to offer in-app purchases without using the tech companies’ digital payment services — cutting them out of the revenue from said purchases.
“This is an important argument to make on behalf of consumers and developers in the U.K. and around the world who are impacted by Apple and Google’s misuse of market power,” Epic said.
Epic made related moves against the tech giants in the U.S. and Australia stemming back to last summer. The video game developer is not seeking damages, but “fair access and competition that will benefit from all consumers.”
In August 2020, Epic wrapped up a $1.78 billion funding deal that valued the company at $17.3 billion. Much of that value has been driven by “Fortnite,” which had over 350 million registered players as of last May.