Epic Games took apple and Google to court, claiming that the two companies violated antitrust laws. Google seems to have a better chance of winning in court than apple. Epic Games filed separate lawsuits on thursday against apple and google accusing the two companies of using their monopoly position to charge developers a 30% share of sales, which is too high; they also set restrictions to benefit their business.
Google encourages handset makers to set Play stores as the default option, but when users download App from elsewhere, it sets security barriers.
Nicholas Eknomidis (Nicholas Economides), a professor of economics at New York University, said :" It's certainly harder to accuse App of being anti-competitive by allowing them to download from elsewhere. Apple is different, it is extreme, there is no alternative download source. You say it's a monopoly, which is a strong underlying reason ."
Most Android mobile phones are sold with multiple stores, and users can get access to the program at a fee elsewhere, according to google spokesman dan jackson (Dan Jackson). Google does not force developers to set up purchase options within the program (requiring 30% share fees); it also allows customers to buy from outside the App, thus avoiding share fees.
Developers rely more on apple than Google, because 70% of APP revenue in the US comes from the app store.
Shili Shao, an antitrust expert at Yale University, believes that "Fortress night" was removed from the play store and directed users to other app stores. It was financially sound. Epic Games accused Google of monopolizing, and it was more difficult to establish it because Google's policy was more relaxed. Many apps have long been used to charging Google, because apps sell ads with Google adware, and Google shares 40%. Apple has no such relationship with developers, so they can't compare. In addition, because of the existence of advertising business, Google can also appease dissatisfied developers in a unique way.
Google declined to give in to Epic Games for a 30% share fee, but it agreed to give in to sponsorship, cloud services, but Epic Games refused to compromise;Activision BlizzardIt was accepted.