October 16, 2021

Google countersues Epic Games over ‘unapproved’ Fortnite version, Tech News News & Top Stories

SAN FRANCISCO (BLOOMBERG) – Google ramped up its antitrust battle with Epic Games, countersuing the game maker for launching its blockbuster Fortnite game last year on Android and sidestepping the Google Play billing system.

Google claims Epic intentionally breached its developer contract by updating Fortnite in 2020 with a “hotfix” to avoid paying Google Play developer fees and unjustly enriched itself at Google’s expense. Moreover, Epic went forward with its launch potentially at the cost of user security, Google said.

Google, which is seeking compensatory and punitive damages, said it lost global service fees as a result of Epic’s breach of contract.

“The Google Play ecosystem has suffered injury because the hotfix potentially exposed a security vulnerability that could be exploited for even more nefarious purposes,” Google said.

Epic continues to breach its contractual…

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