Epic Games is taking its legal battle with Apple’s App Store rules to Europe where it has filed a complaint with EU’s antitrust regulators. In a blog post, Epic said it was pursuing legal action for “fairer digital platform practices for developers and consumers.”
The EU began investigating Apple’s practices last year and have recently unveiled a plan to extend regulation to restrict platforms in order to ensure fairness and accountability in regard to third parties.
“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,” Epic wrote in its post.
“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 developer and publisher, which is based in North Carolina, added.
In a statement, Epic Games founder and CEO, Tim Sweeney said that the future of mobile platforms was at stake, adding that consumers have the right to choose where they install apps from and developers have the right to compete fairly.
“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,” Sweeney stated.
The EU regulators began formally investigating Apple last summer, a year after Spotify filed a complaint over ”restrictive” App Store rules and the 30% cut that the company takes on iOS in-app payments. In response to Epic’s complaint, the commission stated, “We will assess it based on our standard procedures.”
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