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Epic Games Wins Antitrust Lawsuit vs Google

A federal court jury has decided that Google’s Android app store has been protected by anticompetitive barriers that have damaged smartphone consumers and software developers, dealing a blow to a major pillar of a technology empire, Michael Liedtke reported for the Associated Press (AP).


Epic Games, the maker of the popular Fortnite video game, filed a lawsuit alleging that Google has been abusing its power to shield its Play Store from competition to protect a gold mine that makes billions of dollars annually. I Photo: Epic Games



The unanimous verdict reached Monday came after just three hours of deliberation following a four-week trial revolving around a lucrative payment system within Google’s Play Store.


The store is the main place where hundreds of millions of people around the world download and install apps that work on smartphones powered by Google’s Android software.


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Epic Games, the maker of the popular Fortnite video game, filed a lawsuit against Google three years ago, alleging that the internet search giant has been abusing its power to shield its Play Store from competition to protect a gold mine that makes billions of dollars annually.


Business: Business men in suite and tie in a work meeting in the office located in the financial district.

Just as Apple does for its iPhone app store, Google collects a commission ranging from 15% to 30% on digital transactions completed within apps.


Apple prevailed in a similar case that Epic brought against the iPhone app store. But that 2021 trial was decided by a federal judge in a ruling that is under appeal at the US Supreme Court.




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