In opening its lawsuit against Apple, Epic Games holds that the Cupertino tech giant has monopolized app distribution and in-app payments on the App Store.
Apple’s trial against Epic Games began today, Monday May 3, with opening discussions from both sides. The trial originated from a lawsuit filed by Epic Games against Apple for removing “Fortnite” from the App Store. Apple withdrew the game after Epic implemented a direct payment system, violating the guidelines.
Epic believes Apple has the monopoly on the distribution of iOS apps and on payments through the App Store. Furthermore, Epic’s lawyer compared the iOS ecosystem to that of macOS. Epic argues that Apple deliberately made iOS a closed ecosystem and claims it could easily have adopted a more open solution, as it did with the Mac operating system.
Another key aspect of Epic’s argument concerns profits from the App Store. Epic argues that Apple shouldn’t charge such high fees on app or in-app purchases, because Apple’s service margins are already huge. To better explain Epic’s position, the lawyer likened the iPhone to a car, wondering if Apple would take 30% of the driver’s gasoline spending.
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Subsequently, the effectiveness of the review process of the App Store. The emails shown point out that fraudulent and misleading apps are a constant problem and that the review process fails to adequately address the problem.
Finally, Epic believes that Apple is not entirely fair, as it does not treat all developers equally. Despite what CEO Tim Cook said in the antitrust hearing, an email is shown which reads that “Hulu is part of the Authorized Developer Group”Who have access to a specific API.
Yet, before all these disagreements began, the two companies were even thinking of make a bundle which would have included a Fortnite Club membership (now known as “Fortnite Crew”), Apple Music and Apple TV +. The deal would have given customers access to Fortnite Club, Apple Music and Apple TV + via a bundle priced at $ 20 per month, saving around $ 6 compared to purchasing individual subscriptions.
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Furthermore, the leaked documents also shed light on the financial agreement. If the subscription had been purchased through Apple’s apps, the latter would have withheld $ 15 of the monthly amount, while the remaining $ 5 would go to Epic. Similarly, if the user had signed up through Fortnite, Epic would have received 12 dollars while Apple would have received the remaining 8 dollars.