Beijing time on October 10 morning news, according to reports,Epic Games and US Internet company Match Group are trying to expand their lawsuits against Google, including additional charges against the search giant. In a motion filed Friday in federal court in the Northern District of California,The companies accuse Google of bribing developers with the means and ability to create a competitor to the Android app Store。
Specifically, Epic and Match Group are associated with agreements such as Project Hug. The deal, which became known as the Apps and Games Velocity Program, according to a complaint filed by Epic last yearIt cost Google millions of dollars to keep some of the most popular Android developers on the Play Store。
"Some provisions in the agreement are designed to prevent developers from launching competing app stores," the motion said. The motion added that Google was "itself" in violation of the Sherman Act, the main US antitrust law. Under the Sherman Act, a breach of agreement by itself does not require a plaintiff to show how an action negatively affects the market, since such actions are widely believed to reduce competition (price fixing falls into this category).
Google said it would fight the motion. "Epic and Match have added more inaccuracies to their failed lawsuit, and we look forward to setting the record straight in court," a company spokesman said.
"The programs on which Epic and Match are based these claims are simply designed to incentivize developers to provide benefits and early access to Google Play users when they publish new content or updates; It does not, as they claim, prevent developers from creating competitive app stores." "In fact, this project proves that Google Play competes fairly with numerous competitors, providing developers with many choices of operating systems and app stores."
Before I do that,Epic and Match reached a tentative deal with Google earlier this yearTo ensure that their app remains on the Play Store while the lawsuit is settled. In a countersuit filed by Google in June, Google accused Match of trying to get into the Play Store "without paying a penny." Google's store charges have also come under scrutiny from the U.S. Justice Department and more than 30 states.