After four weeks of testimony, a federal jury took only three hours to decide in favor of Epic Games on all 11 counts in the anti-trust case against Google parent Alphabet.
While the result will undoubtedly be appealed to a higher court, the jury decision found that Google used unfair practices to force mobile game players to utilize its Google Play platform, taking a cut off all purchases made.
Google charges between 15% and 30% for games and in-game purchases, which Epic took umbrage with.
Epic attempted to circumvent the fees in 2019 by launching its own in-game purchasing system, which would have allowed developers and creators of its Fortnite platform to keep all of the revenue.
This led immediately to lawsuits from both Google and Apple.
Apple mostly succeeded in their lawsuit against Epic in a case that was decided in 2021, winning 9 of 10 counts against Epic.
The judge in that case ruled that since Apple competed against Google and other platforms such as Sony for game purchasing, it could not be considered a monopoly.
The jury in the case with Google returned a different finding, citing that Google controls 95% of the market for mobile games purchased for Android phones.
Epic celebrated the result, stating in a company blog that it “proves that Google’s app store practices are illegal and they abuse their monopoly to extract exorbitant fees, stifle competition, and reduce innovation.”
If upheld, the case stands to rewrite the way that games for the Android mobile platform are purchased, opening game makers up to deliver content directly to consumers without Google taking a fee.