Apple files appeal against investigation into cloud gaming and mobile browser dominance by UK Watchdog
Tech giant Apple has filed an appeal against an investigation by Britain’s competition watchdog into the dominance of its mobile browsers in the cloud gaming market.
Last November, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), the UK competition regulator, launched a full investigation into cloud gaming and mobile browsers due to concerns about restrictions imposed by iPhone makers Apple and Google.
US tech giants including Alphabet and Google-owner Apple are increasingly attracting the attention of competition regulators in Brussels, London and elsewhere.
Lawyers representing Apple said in a notice filed with the Competition Appeal Tribunal on Friday that the AMC’s investigation should be reconsidered. In its argument, the lawyers said the CMA had failed to meet the timing requirements of launching an investigation.
“Apple seeks 1) an order to rescind the MIR decision. 2) a statement that the MIR decision and the market investigation allegedly initiated by reference to it are invalid and of no legal effect,” the filing with the appeals tribunal showed.
Responding to the call, the CMA said on Friday that it would defend its position and continue to advance its work in accordance with the statutory timetable.
“We launched this investigation to ensure that UK consumers have a better choice of mobile web services and that UK developers can invest in innovative mobile content and services,” the CMA said in an emailed statement. .
There is to be a preliminary hearing on the matter on Tuesday, according to the Competition Appeal Tribunal website.
In November 2022, the CMA said responses to its June consultation revealed “substantial support” for further investigation into the issue and how Apple is restricting cloud gaming through its App Store.
“Many UK businesses and web developers tell us they feel held back by the restrictions imposed by Apple and Google,” CMA acting chief executive Sarah Cardell said in a statement at the time.
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