Epic Games CEO blasts Google’s $700M settlement with US states as ‘injustice to all Android users’

Google agreed to pay $700 million and allow more competition within the Android app store as part of a settlement with all 50 states and millions of U.S. consumers, but Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney denounced the deal as “unfair to all Android users and developers.” ”

The exact terms of the settlement, first reached in September, were announced just days after Google was handed a major legal defeat in a related lawsuit with Epic Games, best known as the maker of Fortnite.

As part of the lawsuit, U.S. District Judge James Donato is expected to order sweeping changes that could upend Google's lucrative app store.

In its settlement with states, Google targeted consumers who may have overpaid for apps as a result of Google's practices, according to terms detailed in documents filed Monday in San Francisco federal court. It plans to contribute $630 million to the settlement fund.

This equates to just $6 per person when divided evenly among 102 eligible U.S. consumers.

All eligible consumers will receive a minimum of $2. The state said at least 70% of consumers should automatically receive their share of the settlement.

The remaining $70 million will be earmarked for the state to use to cover various fines and legal costs.

Google will pay $700 million as part of the settlement. SOPA Image/LightRocket (via Getty Images)

Google also agreed to a series of time-bound changes to its app store practices.

This includes allowing developers to use other in-app purchase systems for the next five years, dialing back the use of so-called “horror screens” when Android users try to use competing app stores (but This includes making it easier for users to use it. Download apps directly from developers.

A coalition of state attorneys general says Google's dominance in the Android software market – taking up to 30% fees from big developers in the Play Store – has resulted in higher prices and fewer choices for consumers. He claimed to be inviting.

Epic used the same argument in its successful battle with the company.

In a series of scathing tweets, Mr. Sweeney blasted the states that accepted the agreement, saying the settlement was a “misleading and anti-competitive package intentionally designed by Google to disadvantage competing stores and direct downloads.” “It supports the horror screen.”

“Previous U.S. lawsuits have made a strong case for $10.5 billion in damages, as well as a 30% fee that Google wrongly collected,” Sweeney added. “I think they would have been satisfied with a few more weeks of fighting until they won a resounding victory in court. It was a disappointing outcome.”

Pictured is Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney. Getty Images

The terms of the settlement could not be disclosed until the end of the separate Google v. Epic case. Epic was particularly opposed to the settlement when it was first announced in September.

The settlement still needs formal approval from Donato, who presided over each state's case, before it becomes effective.

During the trial, Donato accused Google of “disturbing” efforts to delete employee chat logs it was ordered to keep.

Luther Rowe, an antitrust watchdog and longtime Google adversary, said: described the settlement as a “scandal” It could undermine another major antitrust battle, the Justice Department's landmark case targeting Google's online search business.

“Not only was the fine an order of magnitude larger than it should have been, but[RI AG]won a $250 million settlement in 2012 with Company G, which didn’t even split with anyone for not blinking. (remember), the fine was lowered in mid-2012. The US v. G case was designed to make it seem as though it was unreasonable for the Department of Justice and the state in the case to bring it to the finish line. It seems as if the

Elsewhere, Wilson White, Google's vice president of government affairs and public policy, said he was “pleased” to resolve the dispute with the state and that efforts to challenge the Epic lawsuit verdict were still “not over.” ' he claimed.

Google suffered a huge loss in its recent battle with Epic Games. AP

“We are pleased to be able to reach an agreement on that basis and to advance Android and Google Play for the benefit of millions of developers and billions of people around the world. We look forward to making these improvements that will help.” White said in a blog post..

Washington, D.C. Attorney General Brian Schwalb was among those touting the settlement as a victory for consumers.

“For too long, Google's anticompetitive practices in app distribution have deprived Android users of choice and forced them to pay artificially high prices,” Schwalb said in a statement.

with post wire