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Here’s 16 pages of what Epic wants after winning its Google app store lawsuit

Do you think a judge will make Google allow an Android version of the Epic Games Store to live inside its own Google Play Store, let the Epic Games Store have access to every app inside Google Play, and let Android users begin sideloading apps with a single tap? Because Epic’s asking for those and a whole lot more in the aftermath of Epic v. Google.

On December 11th, Epic won a surprise victory against Google in federal court. A jury unanimously decided that Google had turned its Google Play app store and Google Play Billing service into an illegal monopoly. But what did Epic win? That’s yet to be decided by Judge James Donato, and today, we’re finally learning precisely what Epic believes it should get.

As you’ll see in the 16-page proposed injunction and my bullet points below, Epic’s asking for a lot — it doesn’t just want to block Google from most every kind of potentially unfair behavior it highlighted during the trial but also proactively and instantly put third-party app stores and billing systems on the same footing with Google Play and Google Play Billing in one fell swoop.

Even if you might think that fair, it’s unlikely a judge will go that far. Today’s Epic document is just the starting point in a negotiation — Google gets to file its response by May 2nd, and then Judge Donato will hear from experts on both sides at a hearing on May 23rd. And Google will appeal, too, when the district court case is all said and done.

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Okay, here’s the document, following my rough summary of what Epic’s asking for.

What Epic wants from Google:

  • No more telling carriers and phone makers where they can’t (or must) put app stores on their phones
  • No more sharing Google Play revenues with carriers or phone makers
  • No more agreements with terms that might disincentivize other companies from carrying competing app stores
  • No more Android app exclusivity deals or most-favored-nation clauses that require devs to offer the same prices, release dates, and content on Google Play as other platforms
  • Downloading apps from third-party stores needs to be as easy as downloading from Google Play with no additional steps, warnings, or friction save a single tap to sideload them — but Google can block malware and apps that haven’t been notarized
  • Equal access to Android APIs for all developers, no tying them to Google Play Store
  • No tying access to other Google products and services to use of Google Play
  • Google to allow third-party app stores access to Google Play’s catalog of apps for six years and let users make those third-party app stores perform their app updates
  • Google to allow third-party app stores into Google Play for six years, with no fees
  • No more anti-steering restrictions or incentives whatsoever; app developers would be free to tell users how to pay elsewhere, for less, without paying Google more than Google itself pays to handle an app transaction
  • No more forcing developers to use Google Play Billing, or “User Choice Billing,” instead free rein to use alternative payment solutions
  • No discrimination or retaliation against any app or developer for choosing to use alternative billing systems
  • Google to create a compliance committee with at least three members of the company’s board of directors who are not and were not Google employees, with a compliance officer who’d tell the court every year if Google’s complying with the injunction
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That’s broad strokes; here are the specifics.

See you on May 23rd, I suppose!



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