Epic Games is about to have its day in court with Apple after months of speculation and squabbles. The trial, which starts on Monday, is one of Apple’s most critical in its history. Tim Cook, the CEO of Apple, will be testifying for the first time in a courtroom. The future of the App Store, as well as the fees it charges developers, is at stake – a huge moneymaker for Apple. Epic Games set a trap for Apple in August of last year. Therefore Apple and Epic games will see one another in court.
Today is Day 1 of EPIC GAMES vs APPLE INC.
The next few weeks will have hours of Epic and Apple presenting their arguments in court!
— T5G (@Top5Gamingx) May 3, 2021
Its popular game Fortnite implemented its own in-app payment system, avoiding Apple’s 30% fee. Epic Games was immediately removed from the App Store by Apple. Epic Games, on the other hand, had been anticipating this. It filed a 65-page lawsuit against Apple and had also planned a high-production video spoofing Apple’s classic 1984 Mac commercial. Epic Games has been claiming for years that Apple’s fees are extortionate.
A simple claim that seems complex
Their claim is straightforward: Apple’s monopoly on the App Store is anti-competitive. It believes that developers should be able to create mobile apps without having to pay Apple big fees (and to Google for Google Play purchases). Spotify, Match, and Tile are only a few of the many businesses that have complained about Apple’s charges.
Apple is thought to have made hundreds of millions of dollars in charges from Fortnite alone. Epic Games’ main point is that if they refuse to pay, where else will they sell their products?
The Chinese market is in the hands of Epic Games
Outside of China, Apple’s App Store and Google’s Google Play are the most popular app stores. Epic Games also attempted to divert Fortnite’s sales away from these two retailers. It attempted to “sideload” the app into Android phones in order to escape Google’s own 30% fee.
However, the number of people who downloaded it outside of Google Play was insufficient. Epic Games’ reluctant conclusion is that if you want to make games for smartphones, you must be on the App Store or Google Play.
Apple and Epic Games are currently in court
Epic Games and Apple are in court for a long-awaited legal battle. Epic argues that Apple kicked off its popular Fortnite game from the App Store last year by imposing an illegal monopoly on the ubiquitous iOS operating system. Apple claims that Epic is trying to undermine the security of the iOS platform.
Both sides have explained how they hope to win their cases and this week they presented the final lists of people who want to call for testimony. Apple and Epic Games both amended the draft watch lists on April 26. Lists do not guarantee that all witnesses will be called, and most importantly, they will not tell us when we see a particular person at the scene.
But with the exact start of the trial starting on Monday. An Apple spokesman described his listing as a relatively reliable indicator of who to call in the lawsuit. Epic, meanwhile, said it could change its strategy depending on how the lawsuit is filed