Apple’s App Store has left users and developers “trapped” in an anticompetitive marketplace, Epic Games attorneys said at the start of an antitrust trial in the US.
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Epic Games faces an uphill legal battle against Apple in an antitrust trial starting this week, and a defeat for the maker of Fortnite could make it harder for regulators to pursue a similar case.
Tim Cook has been with Apple for 23 years and served as its CEO for nearly a decade, but he used a new podcast appearance to suggest that some kind of an eventual change may be on the horizon.
Apple and Epic Games have listed their CEOs as potential witnesses in a case between the iPhone maker and the videogame developer over the App Store payment system, court documents showed.
Apple has been sued by the creator of a once-popular app store that accused the iPhone maker of illegally monopolising software distribution on its own operating system.
Apple has seemingly made a key concession in the battle over the smartphone giant’s market power and treatment of developers. “Seemingly” is the key word here.
A group of Apple’s critics, including Spotify and Epic Games, have joined a non-profit group that plans to advocate for legal and regulatory action to challenge the iPhone maker’s App Store practices.
Apple is asking a court to reject Epic Games’ latest bid to get Fortnite back on the App Store, saying the game maker is acting as “a saboteur, not a martyr” in its challenge to Apple’s payment system.