A jury of the Northern District Court of California (San Francisco, USA) has determined that Google broke antitrust rules through the practices implemented in its Play Store or application (app) store. The jury thus agrees with the company Epic Games, owner of the video game Fortnitewhich sued Google in 2020 for withdrawing its application after introducing a payment system that allowed players to make purchases without going through the internet giant’s ticket office.
According to the verdict, Google maintained its monopoly power through anti-competitive practices, harming Epic Games by forcing it to use its payment system.
Now the judge in charge of the case, James Donato, will need to determine corrective measures to reverse the situation, which will be known next year.
Google, through a statement, noted that will challenge the verdict and defended its practices because it has to compete with major rivals like Apple. “Android and Google Play offer more choice and openness than any other major mobile platform,” said Google vice president of government affairs and public policy Wilson White.
“The trial made clear that we compete fiercely with Apple and its App Store, as well as app stores on Android devices and game consoles. We will continue to defend the Android business model and remain deeply committed to our users, partners and the ecosystem of Android in general,” he added.