Following an antitrust lawsuit against Apple's app store in Australia last November, Epic Games, the developer of Fortress night, has now filed the same lawsuit against Google's app store in Australia. Epic filed a lawsuit through the Australian Federal Court accusing the search giant of anti competitive behavior in violation of Australia's consumer law and antitrust provisions, ZDNet reported.
It is reported that the lawsuit is against Google LLC, Google Asia Pacific and Google Australia. Epic Games said in a statement:
Google play store limits the third-party payment processing and application distribution channels. This anti competitive behavior hinders or prevents many application developers, including epic, from distributing their software to Android OS device users.
With Google's absolute control over the play store, the restrictions make the company almost monopolize the market.
In addition to the 30% commission developers are forced to pay for in app purchases, Google also makes it extremely difficult for related apps to be downloaded directly to Android device vendors, forcing most users to obtain them through the official play store.
Tim Sweeney, founder and CEO of epic, added: even if Google argues that there is an alternative third-party app store / download channel, this so-called openness is just a beautiful fantasy.
Reality shows that this situation is so rare that it hardly affects the monopoly of Android OS.
Google's obstacles on Android OS are real, and the process of downloading apps directly is quite difficult and daunting.
Although desktop applications can easily get full normal permissions, the above difficulties still prevent the vast majority of users from downloading apps from third-party websites.
To sum up, Google is more likely to pretend to be open than to offer more options to consumers.
We firmly believe that consumers have the right to install applications from the source of their choice, and developers have the right to compete in a fair market.