DOJ in antitrust probe for Roblox, others: report

DOJ in antitrust probe for Roblox, others: report

Dec 6 Reuters -- U.S. prosecutors are looking for instances in which Apple Inc is inconsistently enforcing rules for game developers such as gaming firm Roblox and some others, according to the Information. On Monday, articles from apples-treatment-of-roblox in-spotlight in-doj antitrust-probes were cited by people familiar with the matter.

The report said the Department of Justice DOJ is investigating key revelations from the trial between Apple and Epic Games in May, in which the Fortnite maker had claimed that Apple had given a free pass to Roblox, whose app lets people pick from a selection of games to play.

After this, Roblox removed reference to the word game and changed it to the experiences reported by the Information.

The report said that the DOJ recently asked Roblox why it made the language change and wants to know if Apple's 2019 launch of its Arcade game app store made it harder for game developers to compete with the iPhone maker.

Apple, DOJ and others didn't respond immediately to Reuters requests for comment. Epic Games wouldn't say anything.

The tech news website reported in late October that the DOJ was accelerating its two-year old antitrust probe on Apple in the last several months, increasing the likelihood of a lawsuit.