Not long ago, Fortnite developer Epic Games took legal action against Apple for anti-competitive behavior. Now the company is preparing for a lawsuit against Google, alleging that Google paid developers and prevented them from developing alternative app stores.
The allegations revolve around Google’s Project Hug, later renamed the Apps and Games Velocity Program. In case you don’t know, Google reportedly spent millions of dollars to keep some Android developers on the Play Store. Epic Games filed the complaint last year.
Epic Games’ filing states that “some of these agreements were intended to, and have, prevented developers from launching competing app stores,” suggesting that Google violated the United States’ primary antitrust law known as the Sherman Act .
In a recent report by EngadgetGoogle said they would oppose the request, with a company spokesman saying, “Epic and Match add further inaccurate allegations to their failed lawsuits, and we look forward to setting the record straight in court.”
The Google spokesman went on to say that the program, which Epic Games is fighting, gives Android developers incentives and users early access to Google Play users when they release new content, adding that Android users already have access to have alternative app stores.
But Google is already under flak from the US Department of Justice and a group made up of more than 36 states over its store fees. It should be noted that both Google and Apple have stated that their rules are entirely fair and that they adhere to standard industry practices.
Some Washington DC lawmakers are also examining and debating a slew of new antitrust laws that could force big tech companies to redefine the way they operate and do business.