- Epic Games won a three-year-long legal battle against Google in an antitrust case regarding Google Play’s app store practices.
- The lawsuit was part of Epic’s larger effort to challenge mobile app marketplaces’ control over app distribution and in-app payment processing.
- Epic accused both Apple and Google of violating antitrust laws by compelling app users to make payments through their proprietary systems and taking a significant cut of in-app revenues.
- While Apple and Google differ in their approach to third-party apps, the court favored Epic’s case against Google Play, declaring Google’s app store practices illegal.
- Epic applauded the ruling as a win for app developers and consumers globally, signaling further regulatory measures that could limit Apple and Google’s dominant software practices.
- Google plans to appeal the verdict, emphasizing Android’s openness and choice, defending its business model and commitment to users and partners.