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.
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.
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 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.
Apple has filed filed counterclaims against Fortnite creator Epic Games asking for lost App Store fees and other damages, and seeking an order to stop the game maker from operating its own in-app payment system.
Epic Games has has asked a court to stop what it saw as Apple’s retaliation against the Fortnite creator after the iPhone maker terminated Epic Games’ account on its App Store.
In challenging Apple’s App Store “monopoly”, Fortnite creator Epic Games has taken virtual combat from computer screens to boardroom. The outcome is difficult to predict. By Peter Alkema.