Epic Games claim that Google isn’t complying with third-party app stores in India

Google hasn't complied with Epic's directive

Epic Games has reportedly alleged that Google is breaking an Indian antitrust order by refusing to comply with the Competition Commission of India‘s decision to allow third-party stores on Google Play in India. The gaming giant has confirmed that this has affected Epic Games severely while they look to resolve the matter at the earliest.

Epic Games has filed an appeal in an Indian court

Makers of the popular Fortnite title, Epic Games claimed that Google is not adhering to regulations related to third-party app stores in India. Regarding this, on February 9, an appeal is filed by Epic Games in an Indian court that is currently running.

For those who are unaware, the Competition Commission of India (CCI) mandates that Google host third-party app stores on Play Store and allow apps to be freely downloaded without using its very own Play Store. However, the debate is now whether they actually did something wrong.

Epic Games Store
Image via Epic Games

In a statement to Reuters, Bakari Middleton, Director of Global Public Policy at Epic Games said: “We are seeking to join Indian developers in court to support the CCI’s order that requires Google to allow competing for third-party app stores.”

Google, on the other hand, has maintained that there is no wrongdoing in this case. They’ve also said that a compliance plan to the CCI is submitted and it will continue to respect the legal process in India.

Google vs Epic Games is not a new story

This is not the first time Google has been embroiled in a similar controversy. Epic Games vs. Google has a history, including a recent lawsuit filed by Epic Games alleging that Google paid Activision Blizzard $360 million to prevent the latter from developing its own App Store, although both parties had denied the allegations then.

Fortnite App Store
Image via Epic Games

We’ll have to wait and see what happens next. Companies should keep in mind that such incidents can harm both consumers and developers. However, without additional information, it is difficult to say for certain.

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Epic Games, file also lawsuit against Google for unfair developer account termination for association please

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