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'Victory Over Google!' Epic Games Just Won An Epic Court Battle Against Google Play In a groundbreaking decision, Google lost a major antitrust case that could rewrite the rules of how big tech companies control pricing and payments.

By Jonathan Small

Key Takeaways

  • A San Francisco federal jury found Google guilt of anticompetitive conduct.
  • The ruling could lead to major changes to the Play Store’s operations.
  • Other Big Tech companies may now be vulnerable to challenges.

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Epic Games, the maker of Fortnite, won a Battle Royale over tech giant Google late this afternoon.

After a month-long trial but just over three hours of deliberation, a nine-person federal jury in San Francisco ruled in favor of Epic, concluding that Google held an illegal monopoly over the Google Play Store and engaged in practices that undercut Epic Games' ability to compete fairly.

The jury concluded that Google's conduct not only affected Epic Games, but potentially harmed many developers dependent on the Android marketplace for their business.

"Victory over Google!" Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney said on X. "After four weeks of detailed court testimony, the California jury found against the Google Play monopoly on all counts. The Court's work on remedies will start in January. Thanks for everyone's support and faith! Free Fortnite!"

Related: Android System Case: Supreme Court To Hear Google, CCI Appeals From October 10

What this means

The decision is a major loss for Google, which has consistently been able to withstand legal attacks from other game makers. Google may now have to change its Play Store rules, opening up the possibility for an alternate app marketplace on the Android platform. It may also affect the rates Google charges developers for in-app purchases, currently set at a substantial 15-30%.

Presiding Judge James Donato is expected to define the specific remedies of the Epic Games case early next year, but the decision carries significant implications for the industry. Other Big Tech companies may now be vulnerable to challenges on how they control pricing and payments on their platforms. It's also bad news for Google, which is also embroiled in another high-profile antitrust trial in Washington, D.C., over its search and advertising sectors.

Ruled a monopoly

Google's lawyers argued that the company couldn't possibly hold a monopoly because it competed with Apple's app store, the largest in the world. But that didn't sway the jury, who saw pages of internal Google documents and emails. At one point during the trial, the judge issued a stern reprimand to Google for deleting chats that could have been pertinent to the case.

Today's ruling came two years after Epic mostly lost a similar case against Apple — a ruling that both sides are trying to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.

But the repercussions of this case are expected to be felt widely, standing as a stark reminder that even the seemingly untouchable Goliaths of the tech industry are subject to the law.

Jonathan Small

Entrepreneur Leadership Network® VIP

Founder, Write About Now Media

Jonathan Small is an award-winning author, journalist, producer, and podcast host. For 25 years, he has worked as a sought-after storyteller for top media companies such as The New York Times, Hearst, Entrepreneur, and Condé Nast. He has held executive roles at Glamour, Fitness, and Entrepreneur and regularly contributes to The New York Times, TV Guide, Cosmo, Details, Maxim, and Good Housekeeping. He is the former “Jake” advice columnist for Glamour magazine and the “Guy Guru” at Cosmo.

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