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What the unredacted Epic Games lawsuit reveals about Google’s antitrust practices

The information that was made public highlighted Google's strategies to deal with the issue that arose last year when a payment system allowed Fortnite users to pay directly to Epic Games, the developer.  Epic Games has won a stretched-out side battle to unseal its antitrust lawsuit petition against Google in the US District Court of Northern California on August 19. It has since released the unredacted complaint, Politico reported. Google fought the disclosure of the redacted portions, per a Reuters report, and complained through its lawyers that Epic was subverting the redactions it had requested by including information from the blacked-out portions of the complaint in other public communications. Eventually, though, the complaint was unredacted, and MediaNama obtained both versions of the document to compare. The Fortnite developer sued Google (as well as Apple) for allegedly forcing it into a payment system where the tech giants get a cut of individual transactions. Epic's complaint against Google goes into significant depth on the latter's strategies to deal with competitive threats, both on Play Store and in general. You can read our coverage of the initial complaint here. In this report, we will look at some of the new information that gives colour to Epic's complaint against Google. The complaint's outcome could have significant antitrust ramifications, including in India, where the Competition Commission of India is already scrutinising Play Store. Information that becomes public in this lawsuit will become available to investigators in India and in other markets where Big Tech companies' dominance…

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