Epic Games has filed suit against Google over alleged antitrust violations, just hours after being dropped from the both the Play Store and iOS App store and filing a similar lawsuit against Apple. The lawsuit alleges that Google’s payment restrictions on the play store constitute a monopoly and thus a violation of both the Sherman Act and California’s Cartwright Act. Epic’s hit game Fortnite was removed from the Google Play Store earlier today.
Where the Apple complaint opened with a description of the company’s iconic 1984 ad, Epic’s complaint against Google focuses on that company’s now-infamous “Don’t Be Evil” mantra. “Twenty-two years later, Google has relegated its motto to nearly an afterthought,” the complaint alleges, “and is using its size to do evil upon competitors, innovators, customers, and users in a slew of markets it has grown to monopolize.”
The charges go beyond the Apple lawsuit in some respects, also alleging anti-competitive practices in dealings with OEMs and in tying the Google Play Store to Google’s in-store billing system.