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Posted February 25, 2021

Epic Games has taken its fight against Apple's App Store rules to the European Union, where it's lodged a complaint with the bloc's antitrust regulators.

In a blog post today the maker of the popular online game Fortnite said it's extending to Europe its battle for what it dubbed "fairer digital platform practices for developers and consumers", noting the bloc is already looking into competition concerns attached to the Apple App Store (and its payment service, Apple Pay).

The EU opened a formal probe into certain Apple practices last year.

Regional lawmakers have also recently set out a plan to expand platform regulation to put specific strictures on "gatekeeper" platforms with the aim of ensuring fairness and accountability vis-à-vis third parties. And the issue of platform power is certainly one that's now under close scrutiny by regulators and lawmakers around the world.

"The complaint, filed with the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Competition, alleges that through a series of carefully designed anti-competitive restrictions, Apple has not just harmed but completely eliminated competition in app distribution and payment processes," Epic writes, adding: "Apple uses its control of the iOS ecosystem to benefit itself while blocking competitors and its conduct is an abuse of a dominant position and in breach of EU competition law."

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