Antitrust 09/01/2020

The Fortnite Dance With App Stores Is Not Epic

Carl Szabo
Carl Szabo Vice President and General Counsel

Fortnite is one of the largest and most profitable online video games in the world. Thanks to its millions of players globally, Fortnite made $400 million in April alone and its parent company, Epic Games, is expecting $5 billion in revenue in 2020. But, despite its status as a giant in video games, Epic Games still believes it’s entitled to special treatment that exempts it from all fees charged by digital marketplaces.

Most app stores, whether from Apple, Google, Steam, or a myriad of others, charge developers for transactions. These stores then use this money to cover the cost of upkeep, safety checks for potentially malicious software, transaction fees, cloud storage, infrastructure, customer service, marketing and so much more — all to the benefit of developers who rarely have the bandwidth to do so.”

 

Read full piece in Morning Consult here.

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