Games maker Epic Games, best known for Fortnite and the Unreal Engine, is expanding the legal battle with technology giant Apple to Australia.
There, the company filed a complaint about ‘abuse of a dominant position’.
According to Epic, Apple is violating Australian law by preventing competition within its App Store ecosystem. “The tech giant is imposing an absolute monopoly on distribution and by restrictions on in-app purchases,” claims Epic.
Apple collects a 30 percent commission on purchases through its app store, where users can download applications for their iPhone, iPad, or Mac computer. It prohibits developers from using alternative payment methods.
Epic Games launched a lawsuit against Apple in the United States in mid-August after its top game Fortnite was removed from the app store by Apple. That happened after the maker of the game tried to bypass Apple’s payment system.
Epic states that it is not looking for damages in Australia or the US, but that it “just wants fair access and competition that will benefit all consumers.” Fortnite appeared on the market in 2017 and has more than 350 million players.