suing the Google Play Store last week after Fortnite was removed from the storefront for enforcing an immediate charge system. The studio announced its own payment option which provided a 20% cut price over the Google charge option.
Now, a new antitrust lawsuit has been filed by law firm Hagens Berman in California (h/t: Apple Insider) over Google's practices associated with Google Play distribution and in-app charge processing fees. More in particular, the suit calls out Google for taking a cut of up to 30% from developers."It issues the harm caused by Google's ongoing abuse of its market power, including the exclusion of competitors, the stifling of innovation, the inhibition of customer choice, and Google's imposition on app builders of a supra-aggressive 30% transaction fee," reads an excerpt of the lawsuit filing."Developers are harmed after they need to pay more than what the market would bear absent anti-aggressive behavior. Innovation also suffers, as does competitors more extensively," reads an excerpt of the attention on the firm's web page.
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The suit also points to a number of other Google practices as evidence of anti-aggressive conduct. These practices include Google bundling the Play Store and other Google apps as part of a mandatory suite of apps on Android instruments, as well as the quest giant prohibiting its OEM partners from using a forked edition of Android.It's worth noting that unlike Apple's iOS, Android users are in a position to set up apps from third-party stores and repositories. However, the suit uses Fortnite for instance of a developer trying the sideloading strategy but not finding it one of the best, with the game eventually appearing on the Play Store in April 2020.Nevertheless, it feels like this lawsuit and Epic's legal filings may have huge repercussions for the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.You can take a look at the entire legal filing over here.