Google has a better chance than Apple in defeating Epic Games, the manufacturer of the popular video game Fortnite. In court over her allegations that the two companies violated antitrust laws.
Epic filed a lawsuit against Apple and Google separately in a US local court on Thursday, accusing the two companies of using their dominance to impose a “heavy” fee on app developers of 30% on sales and impose other restrictions that benefit their businesses.
And almost all smartphones in the world come outside the restricted markets, such as: China, either with the Google Play Store or the App Store from Apple. But proving that Google Play Store rules violate antitrust laws may be more difficult than it is with the App Store.
While Apple requires all apps to be installed through the App Store, Google allows such installation through many different app stores, in one of the many key differences in the policy that can help it overcome allegations of anti-competitive behavior.
The company encourages phone makers to designate the (Google Play) store as the default store, and it creates security barriers when users try to download from some other options.
People familiar with the matter told an agency ReutersA: These practices are subject to scrutiny by United States Attorneys General. Ultimately, alternatives are there, said Nicholas Economides, a professor of economics at New York University who studies online markets.
A spokesman for Google (Dan Jackson): Most Android phones are sold with the installation of many application stores. Added to the (Google Play) store; Unlike the App Store, it allowed users to access paid apps elsewhere, without requiring developers to include an in-app purchase option for potential new customers who are subject to a 30% fee.
The company also allows apps to encourage customers to make out-of-app purchases to avoid fees.