CARY – Epic Games is seeking to broaden its lawsuit against Google over antitrust issues involving Google’s Android app store, saying the internet giant is paying developers to not create competing apps. Google denies the claim.

“Epic and Match are adding more inaccurate claims to their failing lawsuits and we’re looking forward to setting the record straight in court,” a company spokesperson told Engadget, which reported a new filing that Epic made late Friday in federal court.

“The program on which Epic and Match base their claims simply provides incentives for developers to give benefits and early access to Google Play users when they release new or updated content; it does not prevent developers from creating competing app stores, as they allege,” Google added. “In fact, the program is proof that Google Play competes fairly with numerous rivals for developers, who have a number of choices for operating systems and app stores.”

Match Group also wants to expand its own lawsuit.

Epic is fighting both Apple and Google app story policies.

The next hearing in Epic’s case against Apple is set for Oct. 21.

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