The company accused Epics of evading their contractually agreed service fee to Google.
In the midst of the continuing conflict between Epic Games and Apple, a new challenger has appeared on the horizon. Google filed a counterclaim in the Epic Games lawsuit accusing them of breaching their contract by introducing a new payment system to sidestep Play Store's payment systems and Google's commissions.
According to the counterclaim, Epic willfully breached the terms of a contract that allowed Fortnite to reside in the Play Store by submitting a version of the app containing a payment method that was not Google Play billing for in-app purchases. And because of that, Google claims that they are owed relief.
"Epic has alternatively been unjustly enriched at Google's expense," writes Google in the counter-complaint. "Consumers and developers don't have to use Google Play, they choose to use it when given a choice among Android app stores and distribution channels. Google supports that choice through Android itself, Google Play's policies, and Google's agreements with developers and device manufacturers."