Apple and Epic Games are in court over app revenue.
Apple and Epic Games, the creators of the hugely popular Fortnite game, are set to go head-to-head on Monday in a trial that could decide how much control Apple can have over the app economy. Trial set to open with testimony from Epic chief Tim Sweeney on why he believes Apple is a monopoly abusing its power.
The trial, which is expected to last around three weeks, has major implications, Jack Nicas and Erin Griffith report in The New York Times. If Epic wins, it will turn the economy of the $ 100 billion app market upside down and create a path for millions of businesses and developers to avoid sending. up to 30% of their app sales to Apple.
An epic victory would also reinvigorate the antitrust fight against Apple. Federal and state regulators review Apple’s control over the App Store, and Friday, the European Union billed Apple by violating antitrust laws on the rules and fees of its applications. Apple faces two more federal lawsuits over its App Store charges – one from the developers and the other from the iPhone owners – seeking class action status.
Beating Apple would also bode well for Epic’s next try against Google on the same issues on the App Store for Android devices. This case should be tried this year and would be decided by the same federal judge, Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers of the Northern District of California.
If Apple wins, however, it will strengthen its grip on mobile apps and quell its growing chorus of criticism, further strengthening the power of a company that is already the most valuable in the world and has surpassed $ 200 billion in sales. in the past six months.