A new class action lawsuit accuses apple of monopolizing the IOS mobile game market and showing anti competitive behavior to maintain that status. The lawsuit has been filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, claiming that apple “competed illegally” through “continuing, widespread and secret” misconduct. < p > < p > the plaintiff, John pistacchio, a New Jersey man, claimed that he paid “super competitive prices” for Apple stores because of the company’s alleged anti competitive behavior. < / P > < p > more specifically, the lawsuit shows that Apple exerts monopoly power over the IOS app store by requiring developers to follow its app guidelines and banning third-party app stores. It added that developers and app publishers were “powerless” to constrain Apple’s behavior by refusing to publish apps on IOS. “No developer or developer group has the strength to attract enough IOS users to leave IOS, so that it will be profitable to develop applications only for other platforms,” it wrote in the lawsuit Companies such as Microsoft, Facebook and Google fall into this category, according to the lawsuit. In order to maintain its monopoly position in the IOS subscription game service, Apple also showed anti competitive behavior, according to the complaint. The alleged anticompetitive practices include: imposing technical restrictions to prevent users from playing services other than apple arcade; imposing contractual restrictions on developers; abusing application review criteria to protect their monopoly; and rejecting cloud based subscription platforms. < / P > < p > it lists several examples of suspected anti competitive behavior, such as Apple’s ban on cloud game applications such as Xbox game pass, and unfair treatment of game services such as Facebook gaming. < / P > < p > in addition, the lawsuit also shows that Apple blocked competing game services not because they violated its application review criteria, but because they were competitors of Apple arcade. (in fact, apple arcade follows all of Apple’s own guidelines.). < / P > < p > “Apple has repeatedly abused its monopoly power to prevent competition with apple arcade by taking advantage of its dual role as both a gatekeeper and a market participant. Apple’s anti competitive behavior eliminates competition in the IOS subscription mobile game market, affects a large number of business activities in the market, and causes anti competitive harm to consumers It was written in the lawsuit. < / P > < p > the lawsuit urges a jury trial and seeks compensatory and punitive damages, injunctive relief for plaintiffs and collectives, statutory interest and fines, and legal fees. < / P > < p > in addition, it also requires the court to establish a “constructive trust from which Apple’s ill gotten gains should be confiscated, from which the plaintiff and collective members can be compensated.”. Skip to content

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