Google Countersues Epic Games for Willfully Breaching their Agreement

The company accused Epics of evading their contractually agreed service fee to Google.

In the midst of the continuing conflict between Epic Games and Apple, a new challenger has appeared on the horizon. Google filed a counterclaim in the Epic Games lawsuit accusing them of breaching their contract by introducing a new payment system to sidestep Play Store's payment systems and Google's commissions.

According to the counterclaim, Epic willfully breached the terms of a contract that allowed Fortnite to reside in the Play Store by submitting a version of the app containing a payment method that was not Google Play billing for in-app purchases. And because of that, Google claims that they are owed relief.

"Epic has alternatively been unjustly enriched at Google's expense," writes Google in the counter-complaint. "Consumers and developers don't have to use Google Play, they choose to use it when given a choice among Android app stores and distribution channels. Google supports that choice through Android itself, Google Play's policies, and Google's agreements with developers and device manufacturers."

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