In the Northern California District Court, Epic Games scored a landmark victory against Google. The judge ruled that Google has monopoly power over Android app distribution markets and in-app billing services. The court’s ruling comes after Epic Games first filed its complaint after Fortnite was removed from the Play Store, claiming that Epic was bypassing Google’s App Store fees on in-app purchases.
Today’s judgment is a victory for all app developers and consumers around the world. It asserts that Google’s App Store practices are illegal and that their monopoly is used to overcharge, stifle competition, and stifle innovation. – Epic Games press release
The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California has yet to determine the exact steps it will take against Google. The court is expected to begin working on a resolution in January. Google’s official response is that it plans to appeal the verdict shortly after the trial ends.
We plan to appeal the verdict. Android and Google Play offer more choice and openness than any other major mobile platform. The test showed that we have strong competition from Apple and the App Store and the App Store on Android devices and game consoles. We will continue to defend the Android business model and remain deeply committed to our users, partners, and the broader Android ecosystem. – Wilson White, Google’s executive director of government affairs and public policy
The mobile version of Fortnite was removed from both the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store in 2020. Epic previously tried to sue Apple for the same reasons as Google, but the court ultimately ruled in Apple’s favor. However, it required the iPhone maker to provide a third-party in-app payment system.