Epic Games has expanded its battle in opposition to Apple on a brand new continent this week. The sport developer has filed a lawsuit in opposition to the iPhone maker within the Australian Federal Court docket associated to the elimination of its battle royale sport Fortnite, alleging that the corporate is partaking in monopolistic habits, misusing its market energy, and diminishing competitors in app improvement.
The brand new lawsuit stems from Apple’s removal of Fortnite from the Apple App Store for iOS gadgets in August over Epic including its personal fee system into the sport to promote in-game gadgets on to prospects.
“Apple’s conduct has pressured Epic and different app builders to pay Apple monopoly costs [the 30% commission] in reference to all in-app purchases of their in-app content material on iOS gadgets,” the court filing says. It goes on to say that this pricing has led to elevated prices for Australian customers and misplaced earnings for Epic and different app makers.
Epic is citing part 46 of Australia’s Competition and Consumer Act, which was added in 2017 after a evaluate of the regulation by the federal government. Part 46 prohibits “a agency with a considerable diploma of market energy from partaking in conduct that has the aim, impact or probably impact of considerably lessening competitors in a market.” The regulation is enforced by the Australian Competitors & Client Fee.
Epic’s authorized battle with Apple within the U.S. over Fortnite is effectively underway, with a bench trial set for May 3, 2020. Epic can also be suing Google for a similar causes, however a tentative trial date has not been set.
Final week a federal choose rejected a majority of Apple’s counterclaims within the U.S. case, besides one: breach of contract.