The court between Apple and Epic Games over the long-awaited removal of Fortnite from the App Store began with Android disputes.
The highly anticipated Epic Games and Apple case began yesterday in federal court in Oakland, California. The lawyers of both companies made the opening speech in front of District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers.
Epic Games‘ lawyers tried to portray the App Storeas an anticompetitive and monopolistic store, stating that the developers were forced to use Apple’s in-app purchase system, thus paying Apple a 30% commission.
Epic Games wants Apple to allow third-party iOS app stores and allow developers to offer direct payment systems, but Apple says a single app store is needed to protect security, privacy, and quality.
Epic Games did not follow the rules
“Epic wants us to be Android, but we don’t,” says Karen Dunn, Apple’s attorney. He said, referring to the freedom to download apps on Android devices outside of the Google Play store. She also said, “Our users don’t want that either.” he added.
Last August, Apple removed Fortnite from the App Store because Epic Games initiated direct in-app payments, contrary to App Store policies. Epic Games then filed an organized lawsuit against Apple, accusing the company of anti-competitive behavior. Apple said Epic Games was “doing it wrong by violating App Store policies, which apply equally to all developers and are designed to keep the store safe for our users.” Epic Games has refused to partner, and Fortnite is still not available on the App Store.
While Apple CEO Tim Cook and other executives testified in court, the trial is expected to last three weeks in total.