Apple's 'extreme' app policies give Google defense in Fortnite antitrust suit

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OAKLAND, Calif. (Reuters) - Alphabet Inc’s Google has a better chance than Apple Inc at defeating Fortnite video game maker Epic Games in court over its allegations the two companies breached anti-trust laws.

Epic sued Google and Apple separately in U.S. district court on Thursday, accusing the companies of using their dominance to charge app developers an “exorbitant” 30% fee on sales and impose other restrictions that benefit their own businesses.

Nearly all of the world’s smartphones outside restricted markets such as China come with either Google’s Play store or Apple’s App Store.

But proving Play store rules violate antitrust laws may be more difficult than with the App Store.