Microsoft, Meta and X join Fortnite maker Epic Games' battle against Apple

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The technology companies, which developed some of the most popular apps in the App Store, said Apple was in “clear violation” of the September 2021 injunction by making it harder for consumers to turn to cheaper means to pay for digital content. It is done.

Apple declined to comment specifically on the allegation, which was contained in a lawsuit filed in Oakland, California federal court.

It cited its January 16 statement that it had fully complied with the injunction, saying it would protect consumers and “the integrity of Apple's ecosystem” while ensuring that developers are not given a free ride. meet.

Epic sued Apple in 2020, saying it violated antitrust laws by requiring consumers to obtain apps through the App Store and charging developers a 30% commission on purchases.

The injunction required Apple to require developers to provide links and buttons to direct consumers to alternative payment options.

Last week, Epic demanded that Apple be held in contempt, saying the new rules and the new 27% fee on developers have made Link effectively useless.

In Wednesday's filing, the technology companies said Apple's conduct “for all practical purposes” strengthened the anti-steering rules, which the court found illegal, led to Apple's “excessive” commissions and harmed consumers and developers. Delivered.

“Apple's restrictions on where and how developers can communicate with their users about options to purchase in-app content create significant barriers to competition and artificially drive up prices,” the filing said. “

In January, the US Supreme Court decided not to hear Apple's appeal of the injunction. It also decided against hearing Epic's appeal of a lower court's findings that Apple's policies did not violate federal antitrust law.

Apple has until April 3 to formally respond to Epic's filing. The company is based in Cupertino, California, while Epic is based in Cary, North Carolina.

The case is Epic Games Inc. v. Apple Inc., U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, No. 20-05640.

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