UK targets Google and Apple’s grip on cloud gaming

The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has opened an investigation into Apple and Google’s dominance of the mobile browser and cloud gaming markets, the authority announced today. Both companies may face additional fines and regulations if they are found guilty of anti-competitive conduct.

The investigation comes as a result of a consultation launched by the authority in June, which found that Apple and Google’s monopoly on mobile phones allowed them to control not only operating systems, but also app stores and web browsers. The CMA says the two companies control 97% of all mobile browsing experiences in the UK in 2021, and suggests they can effectively control cloud gaming through browser restrictions. The advisory revealed support for browser vendors and cloud gaming service providers who claim they are locked into a duopoly, with around 86% calling for an in-depth investigation.

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“We want to make sure UK consumers have access to the best new mobile data services, and that UK developers can invest in innovative new applications. Many UK businesses and web developers tell us they feel constrained by the restrictions imposed by Apple and Google. “When the new digital markets system is implemented, it will likely address these types of issues. In the meantime, we are using our existing powers to address the issues where possible. We plan to investigate whether they are The concerns we heard are justified, and if so, identify steps to improve competition and innovation in these sectors.”

For its part, Google continues to emphasize Android’s open nature. “Android gives people more choice of apps and app stores than any other mobile platform. It enables developers to choose the browser engine they want and has been the launch pad for millions of apps. We are committed to building thriving, open platforms that empower consumers and help developers build successful businesses,” reads. a Google spokesperson told Digital Trends via email. Apple had not yet responded to a request for comment at the time of publication.

After completely dominating the global smartphone market with Huawei’s token resistance, the two companies continue to fend off antitrust investigations into their mobile platforms around the world.

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