Epic Games, creator of Fortnite, said on Friday (5 July) that Apple was stalling its attempts to set up a games store on iPhones and iPads in Europe. 

Apple has rejected documents it submitted by Epic Games to launch its store on two occasions because some of the buttons resembled those used on its App Store, according to Epic Games. 

“We are using the same ‘Install’ and ‘In-app purchases’ naming conventions that are used across popular app stores on multiple platforms, and are following standard conventions for buttons in iOS apps,” Epic said on social media platform X.

“Apple’s rejection is arbitrary, obstructive, and in violation of the DMA (Digital Markets Act), and we’ve shared our concerns with the European Commission,” it added.

In March, Apple cleared a path for Epic to place its game store on iOS amid pressure from European regulators. 

Epic alleged in 2020 that Apple’s charging of up to 30% on in-app payments on iOS devices violated US antitrust rules.

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In April, Epic Games called for a federal judge in California to force Google to allow greater competition on its Play Store after a jury found the US search giant had abused its power as a gatekeeper for mobile apps. 

The Fortnite maker proposed that the Google Play Store should be required to allow the distribution of competing third-party app stores for six years.

Epic also proposed the limiting of Google’s ability to make agreements with device makers to restrict the preloading of competing app stores.