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Epic is suing Google over Fortnite’s removal from the Google Play Store

The Verge logo The Verge 8/14/2020 Russell Brandom
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Epic Games has filed suit against Google over alleged antitrust violations, just hours after being dropped from the both the Play Store and iOS App store and filing a similar lawsuit against Apple. The lawsuit alleges that Google’s payment restrictions on the play store constitute a monopoly and thus a violation of both the Sherman Act and California’s Cartwright Act. Epic’s hit game Fortnite was removed from the Google Play Store earlier today.

Where the Apple complaint opened with a description of the company’s iconic 1984 ad, Epic’s complaint against Google focuses on that company’s now-infamous “Don’t Be Evil” mantra. “Twenty-two years later, Google has relegated its motto to nearly an afterthought,” the complaint alleges, “and is using its size to do evil upon competitors, innovators, customers, and users in a slew of markets it has grown to monopolize.”

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