Epic Games Files Antitrust Complaint Against Apple in the European Union

Epic Games Files Antitrust Complaint Against Apple in the European Union

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Epic Games has announced that it's filed an antitrust complaint against Apple in the European Union.

The complaint, filed with the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Competition, alleges that through a series of carefully designed anti-competitive restrictions, Apple has not just harmed but completely eliminated competition in app distribution and payment processes. Apple uses its control of the iOS ecosystem to benefit itself while blocking competitors and its conduct is an abuse of a dominant position and in breach of EU competition law.

The complaint adds to the legal battle already underway in both the US and Australia, as well as before the UK’s Competition Appeal Tribunal.

“What’s at stake here is the very future of mobile platforms.” Epic Games founder and CEO Tim Sweeney said today. “Consumers have the right to install apps from sources of their choosing and developers have the right to compete in a fair marketplace. We will not stand idly by and allow Apple to use its platform dominance to control what should be a level digital playing field. It’s bad for consumers, who are paying inflated prices due to the complete lack of competition among stores and in-app payment processing. And it’s bad for developers, whose very livelihoods often hinge on Apple’s complete discretion as to who to allow on the iOS platform, and on which terms.”

Epic stresses that its complaint is bigger than Epic versus Apple, saying "it goes to the heart of whether consumers and developers can do business together directly on mobile platforms or are forced to use monopoly channels against their wishes and interests."

More details in the full announcement linked below...

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Epic Games Files Antitrust Complaint Against Apple in the European Union

wildreg - February 17, 2021 at 5:01pm
You rent space in a shopping mall on their terms and start filing complaints against the shopping mall for enforcing their terms when you try to sneak your way through. Yeah, you weasel, right.
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