They want to deal with the situation at hand separately against Tim Sweeney‘s company.
The Internet giant has filed a response to the judges over various cases, involving Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers, the one handling the case between Epic Games and Apple. Google claims that there are differences in the cases from Apple. „Although Android and iOS compete to attract app developers and end-users, Google and Apple use different business models, agreements and policies to support competing ecosystems,” Google says.
There is a key difference indeed: Apple only allows the developers to distribute their apps via the App Store, while Android users can use multiple app stores, and they can also download the .apk extension files from the Internet if they wish to do so.
Don’t forget that Epic Games filed lawsuits against both Apple and Google over the two companies taking a 30% cut from the microtransactions in Fortnite. The two giants retaliated by kicking Fortnite to the curb and out from the respective app stores, making Epic claim its Fortnite userbase has shrunk by 60% on iOS. However, Google’s filing claims that no Google entity has yet been officially served with a complaint about this case.
Once it has been served, and initial scheduling has been worked out for legal proceedings, Google then plans to challenge Epic’s company „in large part based on circumstances unique to Android.” Google noted that the case between Epic Games and Apple is being handled on an expedited schedule, and they observe that it isn’t clear why it’s become so urgent.
The reason behind it is purely financial: in the 30 days, before the lawsuits were filed, App Store players spent 43.4 million dollars on Fortnite, while the Google Play audience spent just 3.3 million bucks…
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