The company responsible for the popular video game Fortnite filed a formal complaint against Apple to the European Commission, alleging monopolistic practices by the technology company. This new process by Epic Games tells the company of Tim Cook follows on from other complaints already made in the United States, United Kingdom and Australia.
Epic Games accuses Apple of strategically implementing a set of monopoly restrictions with a view to eliminating competition in the distribution and payment of applications.
Epic goes after Apple in the four corners of the world
According to Epic, the problem lies in the way the App Store works, which allows Apple to charge higher prices and control the performance of producers interested in its platform.
As is already known, Apple charges a 30% tax on everything that is sold on the App Store, a fact that Epic CEO Tim Sweeney strongly contests. The executive considers that this gives Apple an unfair advantage over other iOS producers.
In filing this complaint with the European Commission, Epic guarantees that it is not looking for financial compensation. Instead, it points batteries at creating timely and effective measures to control unfair competition.
Sweeney just wants companies like Apple to be banned from using hardware control as a way to exercise dominance over secondary markets, forcing fairer competition between players.
War between Epic Games and Apple is about to last
Last November, Apple sought to calm the mood by announcing a reduction of the rate to 15% for producers with annual sales of less than one million dollars.
This obviously leaves out Epic, which is continuing its battle to ask for regulators to intervene.
The situation between the two companies worsened last summer when Epic tried to circumvent Apple’s 30% rate with a direct form of payment. The Cupertino company retaliated by removing Battle Royale Fortnite from the App Store.
What is certain is that the situation has been going on for several months and there seems to be no end in sight. Who is most affected is the consumer, who is prevented from enjoying Fortnite on iOS where it is one of the most popular games.
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