Epic Games, the makers of popular game Fortnite have begun legal action against Apple and Google in the UK, accusing them of breaking UK competition rules.
Fortnite was removed from Apple’s App Store and the Google Play Store in 2020 when Epic added a payment option which allowed users to buy in-game items directly from them instead of using Apple and Google’s own payment systems.
Epic Games argue that this system is unfair and anti-competitive as Google and Apple take a commission of up to 30% on transactions made through their systems.
Epic has asked the tribunal to declare the removal of Fortnite from both app stores unlawful and for an order to restore the game to both the App Store and Google Play and would allow Epic to offer its direct payment option to users.
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