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Google created a task gravity to deter Android users from downloading the popular game Fortnite outside of its Play Store, Epic Games so-called in a magistrate filing made public on Monday.

The move helped Google lock in fees from the game but contradicted the idea of Android stuff an “open” platform, equal to the legal filing from Epic, which makes Fortnite.

Epic has sued Google and Apple and accused them of operating monopolies by levying 30 per cent fees on in-app purchases. Epic lost on most counts versus Apple, but won its claim seeking the right for developers to requite users other payment options. Both parties have appealed.

The specimen versus Google, however, is increasingly complex, as Android app developers are not compelled to distribute their apps via the Play Store, whereas Apple’s App Store is the only place where its users can download apps.

Epic argued in the magistrate filing that the worthiness for users to “side load” apps from third-party stores, or directly from the web, is increasingly theoretical than real.

When Fortnite — the world’s most popular game — launched a direct-download sufficiency in August 2018, and offered distribution through Samsung’s Galaxy Store, Google feared the trend could spread increasingly widely and launched a wayfarers to icon out how to discourage users from turning to options outside the Play Store, equal to the unredacted magistrate filings.

Read increasingly well-nigh the Google-Epic duel here.

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