With the court ruling on Epic Games lawsuit against Apple, you probably thought that the drama over Fortnite on mobile has finally come to an end. Apple, however, wasn’t the only one that the Fortnite creator sued last year since it also accused Google of anti-competitive behavior over the same game on Google Play Store. That case still hasn’t been resolved, but Google is turning the tables on the game publishing giant with a breach of contract suit that reveals a rather curious situation unique to the Google Play Store only.
While Epic Games focused on Apple’s monopoly of the latter’s App Store at the heart of its case against the iPhone maker, it laid out Google’s more covert tactics in trying to keep Fortnite from leaving Google Play Store. That allegedly included bribing Samsung not to have Fortnite on the Galaxy Store as well as contemplating acquiring Epic Games itself. That, of course, never came to pass, and Google eventually kicked Fortnite out of its Play Store for using a third-party payment system.
Unfortunately for Google, but fortunately for Epic Games, simply being removed from Play Store doesn’t remove the app from people’s devices. This has resulted in a rather curious situation where people who downloaded Fortnite from the Google Play Store coul