Epic Games is trying to recruit like-minded companies in its legal battle against Apple’s App Store policies.
According to a new report from The Information, Epic is getting in touch with others who disagree with the App Store’s strict rules. Two of these companies are reportedly Sonos and Spotify. However, neither of them has officially joined the coalition.
Even with companies who support Epic’s decisions and moves, some executives might balk at the idea of joining the coalition. The Information suggests that hesitation on their end could come from not wanting to violate antitrust laws as well. At the same time, the actual purpose of an anti-Apple coalition isn’t known, either. At the very least, Epic is probably trying to find more voices to add to the mix as it tries to dismantle App Store policies as they exist today.
“It isn’t clear exactly what role a coalition would play, if Epic succeeds in forming one,” reads the report. “Companies with concerns about Apple are already having informal discussions about their issues with other like-minded companies behind the scenes. One of the people aware of Epic’s discussions with other companies described it as an apparent effort to coordinate public messaging about Apple.”
For its part, Apple says that the solution to the problem that Epic Games created for itself is simple: just revert the problematic changes it made that bypassed Apple’s App Store payment system. It definitely won’t back down from a fight and give Epic Games special treatment, even as it admits that it is one of its most successful developers.
It remains to be seen if future actions against Epic Games will also affect any app or game that uses the developer’s Unreal Engine.