Epic Games Takes Apple to Court Again, This Time in Australia

Epic Games Takes Apple to Court Again, This Time in Australia

It's going worldwide now.

pocru by pocru on Nov 18, 2020 @ 06:02 AM (Staff Bios)
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We've still got a few months before the Epic V Apple/Google case actually goes to court, even if a few barbs have been swapped and a few preliminary rulings have been called by the ruling judge in question. Things seemed to have calmed down a bit: Epic has shown that it's more than willing to take things to court, Apple has stopped trying to punish Epic in creative and outlandish ways for their little uprising. We assumed, perhaps mistakenly, that this was nothing more than a waiting game now.

We were wrong, though: because it seems Epic is so confident in their ability to win this case in the US, they recently filed a nearly identical case in Australian courts.

Talking to the Sydney Morning Herald, Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney explained:
 

"It's another set of laws under which Apple's practices are clearly in violation. And another chance to get this issue really thoroughly examined, and also there's a really big and growing mobile software industry in Australia, a lot of great game developers, and they all suffer dearly by Apple and Google's 30 per cent tax. I doubt there's a single developer in Australia who makes more profit from their own games then Apple and Google make from their games."


So yeah, another suit about how Apple is stifling competition and overcharging apps for their services. It certainly loans some credence to Epic's earlier claim that this was more about taking a bite out of Apple than pure profits. What's more, it's a battle they might be more likely to win in Australia, which has already investigated Apple for anti-competitive practices and is clearly wary of the tech giant.

There's still a lot of details about this case we don't know, and I doubt we'll give it a closer look, but I figured it was worth highlighting this Apple v Epic case is going global.

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