Microsoft, Meta and X Join Fortnite Maker Epic Games’ Battle Against Apple

On Wednesday, “Fortnite” video game developer Epic Games’ petition against Apple’s noncompliance with a court-ordered injunction controlling payments in its lucrative App Store was joined by Meta Platforms, Microsoft, Elon Musk’s X, and Match Group.

The tech companies said that by making it impossible for customers to find less expensive ways to pay for digital material, Apple was in “clear violation” of the Sept. 2021 order. These companies created some of the best-known apps in the App Store. Apple declined to comment on the allegation in particular. The allegation was filed with a federal court in Oakland, California.

It cited its declaration from January 16th, stating that it had cooperated with the injunction in full and that it would safeguard “the integrity of Apple’s ecosystem” and consumers while making sure developers do not receive preferential treatment. In 2020, Epic filed a lawsuit against Apple, claiming that the company’s requirement that users download apps through the App Store and its up to 30% commission for developers’ sales were antitrust violations.

Apple was forced by the injunction to permit developers to include buttons and links that would take users to different payment methods. Epic said last week that the links were essentially worthless due to new regulations and a new 27% developer charge, and they demanded that Apple be held in contempt.

The tech businesses filed a document on Wednesday claiming that Apple’s actions hurt developers and customers while “for all intents and purposes” entrenching anti-steering laws that the court ruled to be unlawful. ”Apple’s restrictions on where and how developers can communicate with their users about their options for purchasing in-app content create significant barriers to competition and artificially inflate prices,” the application stated.

Apple appealed the order, but the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear the case in January. Additionally, the court declined to consider Epic’s appeal of a lower court’s ruling that Apple’s practices did not breach federal antitrust law. Apple’s official response to Epic’s lawsuit must be sent by April 3. While Epic is headquartered in Cary, North Carolina, the firm is headquartered in Cupertino, California.

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