Epic Games and Apple presented themselves on Thursday in legal applications ahead of a trial on whether to break the firm stance of the iPhone maker on the App Store.
Epic, the maker of the massively popular game Fortnite, accused Apple of capturing people in its world of mobile devices and collecting an “excessive commission” in the App Store that serves as the only source of digital content.
Apple has objected that it has no monopoly on digital games and that the suit is part of Epic’s efforts to portray “Apple as a ‘villain’ so it can revive interest in Fortnite.”
Apple pulled Fortnite out of the App Store in August last year after Epic released an update that avoids revenue sharing with the iPhone maker, and companies are now embroiled in a legal battle.
The trial in this case is due to begin on May 3 in a U.S. federal court near San Francisco.
Apple boss Tim Cook, as well as Epic founder and CEO Tim Sweeney, are among those expected to testify.
“Apple has built the iOS ecosystem, using a combination of technical and contractual means, to restrict the distribution of iOS applications, exclude competition, harm the competition process and harm consumers,” Epic claimed in the report.
IOS software runs Apple mobile devices.
The App Store is home to more than 1.8 million applications worldwide, and has generated billions of dollars in developer revenue since its launch in 2008.
People spent $ 70.3 billion (roughly $ 5.25,545 crores) in the App Store last year alone, according to Statistician market statisticians.
Apple’s commission for transactions in the App Store ranges from 15 to 30 percent, and online shopping is part of Titan Silicon Valley’s efforts to increase revenue from digital content and services.
Epic called the bite of transactions in the App Store a “tax on Apple” and claimed that checking apps there was “superficial.”
Apple holds that the commission is standard for the market and is justified given the company’s investments in security, privacy and innovation.
He claims that Epic “would like to take advantage of the App Store without paying anything for them.”
Apple said Epic profited from the iOS ecosystem with about 130 million downloads in 174 countries, which earned Epic more than half a billion dollars, before it changed the tune and asked for “special treatment.”
The dispute comes with Apple and other technology giants facing increased scrutiny of their dominance in various economic sectors, allowing them to grow even as many economic contracts from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
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