Epic Games, the platform that created the popular video game ‘Fortnite‘, began yesterday Monday his showdown against Apple in court. The lawsuit, which the developer filed last year in Northern California District Court, accuses the Cupertino firm of monopoly and focuses on two practices that have become cornerstones of its business: Apple’s requirement that virtually all third-party software for the world’s 1 billion iPhones be distributed through its App Store, and the requirement that developers use Apple’s in-app purchase system, which charges commissions of up to 30%.
It should be remembered that, last summer, Epic introduced its own payment system in the ‘Fornite’ application to try to skip Apple’s commissions. In response, technology led by Tim Cook kicked Epic out of its App Store. Something that Google also did.
Faced with Epic’s accusations, the apple company defends itself arguing that App Store rules have made consumers feel safe when they open their portfolios to unknown developers, helping to create a mass market that all developers have benefited from. The firm, in turn, notes that Epic intentionally broke its contracts by trying to bypass its commission systems. Something that Tim Sweeney, Epic’s CEO, recognized yesterday at the start of the trial.
“I wanted the world to see that Apple has full control over all software on iOS, and can use that control to deny users access to applications,” said the manager in federal court in Oakland, California.
Apple, for its part, affirmed that the application developer intends to force the company to allow the download of applications from outside the App Store. Something that Google allows on devices that use its operating system. “Epic is calling for government intervention to eliminate an option that consumers currently have,” said Apple attorney Karen Dune.
Be that as it may, this is not the only open monopoly case that Apple currently has open. It should be remembered that the European Commission (EC) accused last week to the North American company to act as a “guardian” access to applications and abusing a dominant position in the market for online music distribution or ‘streaming’ through its online store, App Store. A practice, which comes after a lawsuit filed by Spotify, and distorts free competition and violates EU rules, according to the EC