© BloombergThe Epic Games Inc. Fortnite: Battle Royale video game is displayed for a photograph on an Apple Inc. iPhone in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Thursday, May 10, 2018. Fortnite, the hit game that's denting the stock prices of video-game makers after signing up 45 million players, didn't really take off until it became free and a free-for-all.
(Bloomberg) -- Epic Games Inc. widened its dispute with Apple Inc. over access to its popular Fortnite video game as it submitted a complaint to the U.K.'s antitrust tribunal.
The company said Apple's decision to remove the game from the iPhone maker's App Store was unlawful. The move came after the games maker sought to offer in-app purchases without using Apple's digital payments service. The complaint, alongside a similar one against Alphabet Inc.'s Google, was made public by the Competition Appeal Tribunal Thursday.
Apple has abused its "dominant position," Epic said, according to the filing. Apple and Epic didn't respond to a request for comment.
The move marks the first step by the company to get Apple to reinstate the battle royale video game in the British App Store. Epic offered a payment system that circumvented the App Store, meaning Apple didn't get a cut.
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(Updates to show Apple did not respond to a request for comment in third paragraph.)
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