Jan 15, 2021

Fortnite-maker Epic Games sues Apple and Google in UK

Epic Games, the studio behind the hit game Fortnite, has started legal action against Apple and Google in the UK. Both Apple and Google removed Fortnite from their smartphone app stores in a row over the cut of sales they take from developers. Epic Games has previously said it thinks a 30% cut is too much, given the amount of money and effort it invests in developing its games. Let consumers download Epic Games' software outside of the App Store or Google Play. "Epic enabled a feature in its app which was not reviewed or approved by Apple, and they did so with the express intent of violating the App Store guidelines," it said in a statement. "Their reckless behaviour made pawns of customers, and we look forward to making this clear to courts in the UK."Google said: "The open Android ecosystem lets developers distribute apps through multiple app stores. For game developers who choose to use the Play Store, we have consistent policies that are fair to developers and keep the store safe for users."It said it welcomed the opportunity to "Continue discussions" with Epic Games about bringing Fortnite back to Google Play..

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