Epic Games Takes Apple Fight to EU Antitrust Regulators

Fortnite creator Epic Games has taken its fight against Apple to European Union antitrust regulators after failing to make headway in a U.S. court in a dispute over the iPhone makers payment system on its App Store and control over apps downloads.

The two companies have been locked in a legal dispute since August when the game maker tried to get around Apples 30 fee on some inapp purchases on the App Store by launching its own inapp payment system.

That prompted Apple to kick Epics Fortnite game off the App Store and threaten to terminate an affiliated account that would have effectively blocked distribution of Unreal Engine, a software tool used by hundreds of app makers to create games.

Epic Games founder and Chief Executive Tim Sweeney said Apples control of its platform had tilted the level playing field.

The 30 they charge as their app tax, they can make it 50 or 90 or 100. Under their theory of how these markets are structured, they have every right to do that, he told reporters.

Epic is not asking any court or regulator to change this 30 to some other number, only to restore competition on IOS, he said, referring to Apples mobile operating system.

The company also accused Apple of barring rivals from launching their own gaming subscription service on its platform by preventing them from bundling several games together, even though its own service, called Apple Arcade, does that.

Apple said its rules applied equally to all developers and that Epic had…

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