Apple CEO Tim Cook will testify in court for problems with video game producer Epic Games.Apple’s legal battle with video game maker Epic Games could be one of the most diverse events in the tech space for this decade.
Epic Games filed a lawsuit against Apple for alleged abuse of its control over operating systems to prevent competition. Apple’s CEO Tim Cook was summoned while the lawsuit process was ongoing.
The beginning of these events began with Apple removing Fortnite from the App Store. Apple does this because Epic Games uses its own payment systems for in-app purchases, rather than using Apple’s built-in payment methods. This situation is considered completely contrary to Apple’s policies. Fortnite was also removed from the Play Store by Google for the same reason, and Epic Games is trying to fight Google through lawsuits, as it did with Apple.
Apple CEO Faces Epic Games
While work continues to resolve the issues between Apple and Epic Games, the company’s chief executive officer (CEO), Tim Cook, was asked to give a 7-hour statement for the lawsuit. However, Apple objected, citing the doctrine that senior officials such as Tim Cook could not testify at all, and only agreed to give a 4-hour testimony.
Thomas S. Hixon, who is the judge of this lawsuit filed by Epic Games, stated that this doctrine mentioned by Apple only shortened the duration of the testimony, and that there was no rule that would prevent him from giving a statement again if requested. He also explained that the 4-hour testimony period for this lawsuit between Apple and Epic Games is very low. Thomas S. Hixon also reported that Apple’s justification was limited to witnesses with “unique, non-repetitive information about the facts of the case.” The judge rejected the doctrine because the person who could speak about the company’s App Store policies was designated as Tim Cook and the 4-hour testimony offered by Apple was short. In other words, Tim Cook will give a statement on the subject for exactly 7 hours.
Apple’s insistence that app developers use built-in payment systems, and Epic Games’ dismissal, is at the heart of this struggle. Apple clearly states that if an application is published from the App Store and wants to sell services from there, developers must pay a 30% deduction. Epic Games, on the other hand, finds this extremely unnecessary and argues that the 30% cut is too high.