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Google’s app store ruled an illegal monopoly in landmark case

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Epic Games said after the ruling: “These deals were meant to cement Google’s dominance as the only app store in town – and it worked.” Its lawyers had claimed that Google made a profit of $12bn (£9.6bn) from the Play Store in 2021.

Google vowed to appeal the ruling.

Wilson White, Google vice president of government affairs and public policy, said: “Android and Google Play provide more choice and openness than any other major mobile platform.

“We will continue to defend the Android business model and remain deeply committed to our users, partners and the broader Android ecosystem.”

Google had reached settlements with other tech companies that had taken legal action, such as Match.com, the owner of dating app Tinder. Epic Games, which is majority owned by founder Tim Sweeney, had persisted in its claim.

The defeat comes as Google is facing multiple lawsuits from US prosecutors challenging its market power.

The Department of Justice has accused the company of using illegal deals to protect its search engine against rivals and of monopolising key parts of the online advertising market.

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