Epic vs. Apple Suffers UK Setback

Epic Games received a setback today in its legal battle against Apple over App Store royalties. The United Kingdom antitrust tribunal ruled Epic will not be allowed to protest Apple's removal of Fortnite from the App Store in the UK. The tribunal says the US would be a better forum for such action, and Epic says it will consider resuming the case in the UK after its US lawsuit is decided:
The UK antitrust tribunal ruled on Monday that Epic Games, the creator of popular game Fortnite, will not be allowed to pursue its case against Apple Inc in the United Kingdom over its App Store payment system and control over app downloads.

The two companies have been at loggerheads since August, when the game maker tried to avoid Apple’s 30% fee on the App Store by launching its own in-app payment system, which led to Apple’s subsequent ban of Fortnite from its store.

The UK tribunal said Epic’s suit against Alphabet Inc’s Google could move forward, but deemed that the United States would be a better forum for its case against Apple.

“Epic will reconsider pursuing its case against Apple in the UK after the resolution of the U.S. case,” the video game company said in a statement in response to the tribunal’s ruling.
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Re: Epic vs. Apple Suffers UK Setback
Feb 22, 2021, 20:46
Re: Epic vs. Apple Suffers UK Setback Feb 22, 2021, 20:46
Feb 22, 2021, 20:46
Acleacius wrote on Feb 22, 2021, 20:08:
Kxmode wrote on Feb 22, 2021, 19:29:
I don't know what Epic is trying to accomplish, but the U.S. and U.K. justice systems are clear on contract disputes where one company is in breach of another's. The courts generally do not side with the company in wanton violation of their contract.

It looks like, all publicity stunts to keep epic's name in the news. His pissing in the wind, and standing down wind. Raincloud

It was absurd stupidity when tiny tim started all this and it still is now. It's got frivolous failure written all over it
and iirc the US has already said no once, which is why they went to the UK.

I sense Epic is trying to flood the courts in the United States, U.K., and Australia to increase the chance Tim gets the outcome he wants. He's hoping that what happens in one region, other areas will follow suit—or the outcome forces Apple and Alphabet to adjust their business model to avoid having fragmented business models. As for the first reason, what the U.S. or Australia decide does not influence other regions' legal outcomes or visa verses. For the second reason, companies as big as Apple and Alphabet have no problem creating "pocket" business models that have no bearing on other regional markets. They do it now in Australia versus the United States. By bringing so many regional cases, Epic's strategy is also diluting their case.
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