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Epic & Match’s Antitrust Case Against Google Heads To Jury Trial November

 |  January 19, 2023

Epic and Match’s antitrust case against Google heads to jury trial on November 6. 

Fortnite maker Epic Games and dating app giant Match Group, joined by over three dozen state Attorneys General, have accused Google of unfairly leveraging its market dominance and harming competition through its Google Play Store terms and practices. In particular, the plaintiffs take issue with the commissions Google requires on app sales and in-app purchases as well as the control Google has over Android app distribution, in general. The case will now proceed to a jury trial on November 6, 2023, a judge in the Northern District of California has ruled.

Related: Match. com Pulled Into Battle Between Apple And Epic Games

Epic Games began its path to suing the app store giants, Apple and Google, back in 2020 when it introduced a direct payment option in Fortnite to its iOS and Android apps, prompting Apple and Google to boot the mobile game from their respective app stores.

Epic then sued both companies for antitrust abuses. Apple largely won its case, but both sides appealed the ruling as Epic still wants Apple held accountable for anti-competitive practices, while Apple didn’t want to change its terms to permit third-party payments, as the district judge had decided would be required. 

In an appeal hearing in November, the DoJ voiced its concerns over how the lower court had misinterpreted US antitrust law — a signal of the increased interest the US government has in the prosecutions of the tech giants.