The Epic vs. Google verdict is in, and it’s a resounding victory for the developer Fortnite. A jury found that Google used its monopoly power on Android to injure Epic, turning the tables in the developer’s years-long series of legal battles.
It’s unclear what the result will mean for Epic and Google in the long-term; but in the short-term, it’s a sharp rebuke against the entrenched ecosystem on Android, where Google can essentially collect a tax from any developer wanting to use it. Epic is hoping to overturn this system and allow developers to introduce their own payment platforms, which stands to earn them hundred of millions or even billions of dollars in additional revenue.
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