In a legal battle reminiscent of David's triumph over Goliath, Epic Games secured a signficiant victory in an antitrust case against Google.
On Monday, a jury reached a verdict stating that Google had exercised "monopoly power" and participated in anti-competitive actions with its app store.
Google has been accused by Epic Games, the company behind Fortnite, of engaging in unfair practices that impede competition. Epic Games claims that Google imposes excessive fees on game developers who choose to use Google Play to display their apps and products.
Additionally, Epic made accusations against the technology behemoth, claiming that it illicitly connected its application marketplace to its payment platform, essentially coercing users into utilizing Google's offerings.
The search engine giant has expressed its plans to challenge the court's decision.
Wilson White, Google's Vice President of Government Affairs and Public Policy, responded, stating, "We plan to contest the verdict. Android and Google Play offer more freedom of choice and openness than any other major mobile platform."
The statement emphasized, "The trial underscored our vigorous competition with Apple and its App Store, as well as other app stores on Android devices and gaming consoles. We are steadfast in defending the Android business model and remain deeply committed to our users, partners, and the broader Android ecosystem."
Epic Games enthusiastically embraced the court's ruling, proclaiming in a blog post that the decision signifies a victory for all developers and consumers globally. The verdict highlights the unlawful nature of Google's practices within its app store, including its abuse of power to impose exorbitant fees, suppress competition, and hinder innovation.
Prominent legal challenges against Google include cases filed by the Department of Justice and Rumble, which assert that the tech giant has an unfair stranglehold on certain markets, specifically "search and search advertising."
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