Epic Games v. Apple antitrust appeal to take place on October 21, with participation from Epic’s allies
The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit will hear Epic Games v. Apple antitrust appeal on October 21. The Fortnite maker will try to argue that Apple must be considered a monopoly, while the iPhone maker will challenge the court’s decision.
Steam, Epic Games Store, and more blocked in Indonesia due to non-compliance with local regulations
Last week, the Indonesian government banned several online platforms, including Steam, Epic Games Store, and Origin. It happened after the companies failed to comply with a new registration requirement.
FTC aims to block Meta from buying VR studio Within and monopolizing VR industry
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has filed a complaint to block Meta’s proposed acquisition of Within Unlimited, a studio known for its VR app Supernatural. This deal, according to the regulator, will let the company kill competition and become a monopolist in the industry.
Court dismisses class-action antitrust lawsuit against Sony over PS Store prices
A class-action antitrust lawsuit against PlayStation has been dismissed. The plaintiffs argued that the company should be considered a monopoly for using its dominant position to control video game prices in its online store.
Six Dutch political parties propose to ban loot boxes, citing addiction and manipulation among reasons
The Netherlands might follow Belgium’s example, becoming the next European country to ban loot boxes. Several political parties have proposed a bill to impose restrictions on these in-game mechanics, which they say are addictive and can manipulate kids.
Activision Blizzard settles federal harassment suit for $18 million, lawyer calls it “clear win”
Activision Blizzard has officially settled a federal harassment lawsuit filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) for $18 million. Although there are still several active suits, some lawyers call it a win for the company.
DOJ backs new antitrust bill aimed at preventing Apple and Google from favoring their own products
The US Department of Justice has supported a new antitrust legislation, raising concerns over the domination of tech giants like Apple, Google, and Amazon. This bill could prevent platform holders from favoring their products over those of competitors.
New EU legislation to potentially force Apple to allow third-party app stores on iOS
The European Union wants Apple to provide iOS users with more freedom as part of the proposed Digital Market Act. If approved, it would force the company to allow side-loading and third-party app stores on its platform.
Apple asks court to reject Epic Games’ appeal, says Fortnite maker offers no alternative to App Store rules
Apple has asked judges to reject Epic Games’ appeal in the ongoing antitrust case. The company noted that the Fortnite maker has offered no reasonable alternative to the App Store’s current payment policies.
Report: court to approve Activision Blizzard’s $18 million harassment settlement
Activision Blizzard is getting closer to settling a lawsuit filed by the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) last year. The judge will likely approve a $18 million fund the company created to compensate employees claiming harassment damages.
Russian court labels Meta “extremist organization,” making all its business activities illegal
Russia has officially recognized Meta as an “extremist organization,” meaning that the company’s business and services are banned in the country. However, people will still be able to use Facebook and Instagram despite them being blocked.
US lawmakers introduce bill to block mergers worth $5+ billion ahead of Microsoft-Activision deal
Democratic lawmakers have introduced a new bill prohibiting antitrust mergers. It would allow the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) to block M&A deals worth $5 billion or more.
EU and UK start antitrust investigation into Meta and Google over their online ad deal
Google and Meta are now under investigation by the EU and UK. According to the European Commission, a deal that the two corporations made in 2018 endangers competition and is used to push smaller companies from the online ad market.
Prosecutor General’s Office of Russia calls to recognize Meta as “extremist organization”
Following Meta’s decision to allow hate speech towards the Russian military on its platforms, the country’s Prosecutor General’s Office has called for a ban on Instagram, with the company being recognized as an “extremist organization.”