Epic asks court to stop Google’s removal of Bandcamp from the Play Store

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Now that Epic Games acquires Bandcamp, Google is worried about removing the music app. In association with his antitrust lawsuitEpic filed for a preliminary injunction that would prevent Google from removing or blocking access to Bandcamp on the Play Store. Specifically, the developer claims that Google’s stricter in-app purchase requirements (which will require Bandcamp to use Google’s billing system starting June 1) and payment delays (from a maximum of 48 hours to 45 days) would cause “irreparable harm” to both Epic and musicians.

Epic also argues that it is likely to prevail in its antitrust case. Google, meanwhile, would suffer “no harm” if existing Play Store policies remain in place.

We asked Google for a review. Chances are that the creator of Android will oppose the injunction. This counterattacked Epic in October for “intentionally” violating the rules of the Play Store with fortnitechargeback, and a successful request would force Google to make an exception to the updated policies for Bandcamp.

Whether successful or not, filing the injunction would draw attention to the regulatory pressure on Google and arch-rival Apple. Google faces a 36-state antitrust lawsuit and Washington, D.C. for its alleged abuses of control of the Play Store, while the company and Apple face a wave of bills and other inquiries about their enforcement policies. People are watching how Google treats Bandcamp closely, and removing the app could fuel more criticism or lawsuits.

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