This week, Google announced the launch of a pilot project that would allow third-party developers to use third-party payment systems for transactions. However, previously affected by the excessively strict policies of the search giant Epic Games, he believes that these measures are not enough.
The company, whose popular game Fortnite was removed from the Play Store by the search giant, said it will continue to work to increase the openness of marketplaces. “Apple and Google continue to abuse their market power with strategies that stifle innovation, overprice and limit consumer choice. A deal will not change the anti-competitive status quo. We will continue to fight for fair and open platforms for all developers and consumers, and work with politicians and regulators to attract [виновных] liability for anti-competitive behavior”– said Corie Wright, Vice President of Public Policy at Epic Games.
As part of the Google pilot project, developers can add alternative payment methods to their applications in addition to the standard Google Play system. But the program’s sole entrant so far is just Spotify music streaming, and it’s not clear who else will be allowed to join it, or if it’ll be expanded at all. But so far it is known that Epic Games is definitely not involved in the project – this was stated by the resource The edge Company representative Elka Looks, who did not specify whether the developer had rejected the offer to join or whether he had not received an invitation at all. The new members of the program are not known in the “Coalition for App Fairness”, which was founded in particular by Epic and Spotify.