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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Jonjonz wrote on Feb 23, 2021, 06:44:
The justice systems in most countries now are still totally oblivious to how new technology and online markets work. Tim is indeed looking for a toe-hold when at least one of these cases goes his way when a court is more impressed with his lawyers than the underlying law and principles.

In the real world Apples "if we sell it for you, and your thing involves any online financial transaction, a) it has to go through us, and b) you owe us a cut of that in perpetuity" would never fly. Imagine buying a coffee maker from Best Buy and the fine print says from now to eternity every coffee filter you buy for it has to be bought from Best Buy or if you want to buy a coffee filter anywhere else via mail order, you have to order it through Best Buy and you have to pay Best Buy a percentage over whatever the other source is charging.
Actually, it is more like customers insisting on buying everything they want/need from Best Buy. That's what you do when you buy an iPhone. You agree you will buy everything from the Apple app store. So, if you want to sell apples to iPhone users, you have to sell them to Best Buy. And the perpetual nature in the case of software is legitimate since the big bucks are in the micro-transactions. If it wasn't for that, Epic could sell the mobile versions of the games for $0.01 and bypass the fees, leaving Apple to provide distribution without being paid.

Look like I have said before, there is no good guy in this fight. While Epic's argument might contain some limited merit, overall it is a bunch of baloney, and they know it.
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