Jon Fingas

Epic asks court to stop Google removing Bandcamp from Play Store (updated) | Engadget 2022-04-29 14:42:11

Jon Fingas


Now this Epic Games buys BandcampHe’s worried that Google might pull the Music app. in association with Antitrust suitthe epic Foot To obtain a preliminary injunction preventing Google from removing or blocking access to Bandcamp on the Play Store. In particular, the developer claims that Google’s more stringent in-app purchase requirements (which will require Bandcamp to use Google’s billing system from June 1st) and late payments (from a maximum of 48 hours to 45 days) would cause “no harm.” It can be fixed” both saga and musicians.

Epic also stresses that it will likely prevail in the antitrust case. In the meantime, Google reportedly will face a “no harm” if the current Play Store policies remain in place.

We asked Google for comment. There is a good chance that the Android creator will object to the injunction. He. She against epic In October for the “willful” violation of Play Store rules It is an electronic gameInternal billing, successful ordering would force Google to exclude updated policies for Bandcamp.

Whether it works or not, the injunction file will draw attention to regulatory pressure on Google and its arch rival, Apple. Google faced file Antitrust suit from 36 countries and Washington, D.C. over its alleged violations of Play Store control, while the company and Apple confront bills wave and other inquiries related to their application policies. People are keeping a close eye on how Google handles Bandcamp, and pulling the app could spark more criticism or legal action.

Update 4/29 3:05 PM ET: Google told Engadget that it rejects Epic’s argument, and that Bandcamp will only have to pay a 10 percent fee. You can read the full statement below.

“This is another unfounded claim from Epic, which is now using its newly acquired Bandcamp app to continue its efforts to avoid paying the value provided by Google Play. We have been transparent About Play’s 18+ month payment policy, and as Epic knows, Bandcamp is only eligible for a 10% service fee through Play’s Media Experience program – significantly less than the fees they charge on their own platforms. Despite their claims, Android’s openness means Bandcamp has multiple ways to distribute its apps to Android users, including through other app stores, directly to users via their own website or as a consumer-only app as they do on iOS. “

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