Google says Fortnite’s in-app buy swap is a breach of contract, sues Epic


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Epic Games keeps piling lawsuits with app store owners. This time, Google is suing Epic for breach of contract.

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Epic has signed contracts with both Google and Apple and is committed to using the standard payment systems for in-app purchases. However, as part of its pursuit of more open payment systems (and to bypass the 30 percent fee on each platform), Epic has boldly released updates to the Android and iOS apps that rely on payment processing from the platforms’ in-app purchases who have converted from Epic home system. Google and Apple both claim that this action is in violation of their app store contracts with Epic.

Apple sued and received its verdict last month. Epic was fined $ 3.65 million in damages that covered Apple’s lost revenue from Epic’s three-month payments under its own steam. After that ruling, Google also wants its missing money, and now it’s against Epic in hopes of a similar ruling.

The Google lawsuit states: “Epic intentionally violated the DDA [Developer Distribution Agreement] by submitting a version of Fortnite for publication on Google Play using a payment method other than Google Play billing for purchases of in-app content. In this way, Epic denied Google its service fee under the DDA for all purchases made through the app outside of Google Play Billing. “


Google continues: “The users who downloaded the non-compliant version of Fortnite before it was removed from Google Play will still be able to use Epic’s hotfix external payment mechanism to make in-app purchases, which makes Epic its contractual The agreed service fee for Google can handle these purchases. “

Google argues that “Epic has alternatively been unjustifiably enriched at Google’s expense” and is demanding reimbursement of the missing revenue and damage.

Google’s lawsuit also takes time to draw a clear line between Android and iOS: “Unlike competitors like Apple, Google doesn’t require Android users or developers to use Google Play to download, install, or use apps on Android to distribute “and that” most Android phones “come preinstalled with several app stores. Google claims that “Consumers and developers don’t need to use Google Play; they choose to use it when they have a choice between Android app stores and distribution channels.”

The implication: if Epic doesn’t like the Play Store rules, it’s free to go elsewhere.