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[Slashdot] - Epic Games Widens Fight Against Google With Australia Lawsuit

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Epic Games filed a lawsuit against Google in Australia, widening a fight against the tech giant over the commissions charged in its app store. From a report: The maker of Fortnite is alleging that Google has abused its control over the Android operating system by forcing developers to use its payment systems, according to a statement on Epic's website on Wednesday. The Alphabet unit also makes it "egregiously difficult" for consumers to download software directly to Android devices, forcing the vast majority to obtain the apps through the Google Play Store, the statement said. Epic has pursued multiple legal claims against both Google and Apple, which operates its own App Store for iPhones, after they removed its popular Fortnite video game from their platforms last year in a dispute over commissions. Both Google and Apple take a 30% cut from in-app payments and Epic had attempted to introduce its own direct payment option to circumvent the charges.

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