This is the first action in Epics mission to get Fortnite restored on the App Store in the UK. The business highlights 3 allegations versus Apple, all in concerns to the companys control over the iOS in-app payment processing market.
scheduling to itself the sole channel for the circulation of apps to and/or the payment processing mechanism for purchases of in-app content for and by customers who use iPhones and iPads
utilizing its position of supremacy to charge unjust costs for the distribution of apps via the App Store and/or usage of the Apple IAP
its action to the introduction by Epic of rate competition for purchases of in-app content in Fortnite
Legendary Games is looking for relief from the UKs Competition Appeal Tribunal, asking the agency to state that Apples removal of Fortnite from the UK App Store was “illegal.” The business also seeks an order requiring Apple to remove the constraint on third-party in-app payment processing.
Legendary Games is doubling down on its legal fight with Apple in the UK. As first reported by Bloomberg, Impressive has made a new filing in the UK knocking Apple for its decision to remove Fortnite from the App Store, saying that the business is abusing its “dominant position” in the market.
Other relief requested by Epic Games:
an order limiting Apple from taking or threatening additional action against Epic in relation to particular changes it made to the Fortnite iOS app
an order requiring Apple to restore the appropriate Apple Developer Account
an order preventing Apple from making access to the iOS software and/or any other Apple software application conditional on making use of the App Store and/or the Apple IAP
In a statement to 9to5Mac, Tera Randall, Epics VP of interactions and policy, stated:
As a refresher, Apple removed Fortnite from the App Store due to the fact that Epic Games implemented its own payment procedure system for in-app purchases that averted Apples In-App Purchase system. The 2 business are currently engaged in a legal battle, with a trial set for later on this year in the United States.
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Impressive Games has introduced legal procedures against Apple and Google in the United Kingdom, expanding its fight to advance reasonable digital platform practices for designers and customers.
The legal proceedings, submitted in Londons Competition Appeal Tribunal, allege the conduct of both Apple and Google in their particular app stores is an abuse of a dominant position and in breach of the UKs competition laws, significantly decreasing competition in app distribution and payment processes.
Our company believe that this is an important argument to make on behalf of customers and designers in the UK and all over the world who are impacted by Apple and Googles misuse of market power. We anticipate making our case on January 21.
Legendary is not seeking damages from Apple or Google in the UK, Australia or the United States, it is just looking for fair gain access to and competitors that will benefit all consumers.
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