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Virtual Legality Episode 418

Epic Fail in North Dakota: Free Fortnite Takes the Fight to Europe

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5m Feb 17, 2021
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Failing in its initial lobbying efforts and facing certain softness in the present state of the US antitrust laws, Epic Games takes it Free Fortnite show on the road...to the friendly regulatory confines of the European Union.

But while Epic might be sensing which way the wind is blowing, it remains a uniquely ill-suited figure to take up the fight.

Let's jump in.

If you start the organization, pay for the lobbyist (twice), and draft the legislation, we think you can take credit...in Virtual Legality.

#Epic #Apple #Antitrust


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Discussed in this episode:
"An Antitrust Epic"
YouTube Playlist - Hoeg Law
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL1zDCgJzZUy-lb7ReoUqL5_dTcM8ngmfV

"Free Fortnite? North Dakota May Just Have Epic's Back (VL415)"
YouTube Video - February 11, 2021 - Hoeg Law
https://youtu.be/2MabqWN1FmE

"Legislation: Drafted and Paid For By Epic Games (VL417)"
YouTube Video - February 15, 2021 - Hoeg Law
https://youtu.be/ImcxvWV9L4Y

"But efforts to combat the App Store are mounting elsewhere, thanks to Epic Games and its partners."
Tweet - February 16, 2021 - Nick Statt
https://twitter.com/nickstatt/status/1361798953335885824

"North Dakota's effort to combat app store monopolies is awesome for consumers and developers."
Tweet - February 17, 2021 - Tim Sweeney
https://twitter.com/TimSweeneyEpic/status/1361789614722269186

"Senator Klobuchar Introduces Sweeping Bill to Promote Competition and Improve Antitrust Enforcement"
Senator Klobuchar Press Release - February 4, 2021
https://www.klobuchar.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/2021/2/senator-klobuchar-introduces-sweeping-bill-to-promote-competition-and-improve-antitrust-enforcement

"Sen. Klobuchar proposes sweeping change in antitrust law"
Marketplace Website - February 4, 2021
https://www.marketplace.org/2021/02/04/sen-klobuchar-proposes-sweeping-change-in-antitrust-law/

"‘Fortnite’ Maker Epic Games Extends Legal Battle With Apple to Europe"
Wall Street Journal - February 17, 2021
https://www.wsj.com/articles/fortnite-maker-epic-games-extends-legal-battle-with-apple-to-europe-11613545200

"Epic Game Files EU Antitrust Complaint Against Apple"
Epic Games Blog - February 17, 2021
https://www.epicgames.com/site/en-US/news/epic-games-files-eu-antitrust-complaint-against-apple


"Virtual Legality" is a continuing series discussing the law, video games, software, and everything digital, hosted by Richard Hoeg, of the Hoeg Law Business Law Firm (Hoeg Law).

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