Apple accuses Epic of stalking Microsoft
Apple raised $ 100 million from cutting Fortnite in-app purchases over a 30-month period
In other words, Apple argues that Epic is doing Microsoft’s dirty work for it, despite the fact that it is about Apple’s removal of Epic’s popular Fortnite game from the App Store after Epic failed to abide by Apple’s App Store rules. The rules require developers to only use the Apple platform to make in-app payments, which can save Apple 30% on sales.
Despite the fact that Epic is the plaintiff, Apple points out that of the ten witnesses presented by the game developer, five have been linked to Microsoft. Apple also said that “Microsoft is using Epic as a proxy plaintiff in litigation that it does not want to pursue on its own behalf.” Epic is trying to show that Apple’s 30% reduction in in-app purchases is anti-competitive.
The final clashes between the two sides could take place on Monday
In addition to Epic (and possibly Microsoft), other companies that have publicly questioned the competitiveness of the so-called Apple 30% tax include music streamer Spotify and video streaming service Netflix. While Google also makes similar in-app purchases on the Google Play Store, the fact that Android users can download apps from third-party app stores from the site makes it more competitive than the closed app store.
Microsoft says the testimony presented by Xbox’s Wright was involuntary, thoughtful, and direct. The software giant added, “It is clear that Apple does not like Ms. Wright’s testimony. It is also clear that Apple has no basis for questioning the substance of her testimony.”
Epic weighed Wright’s testimony and Apple’s request for a negative credibility test, saying Apple was “not surprised” by the process, calling Wright’s testimony “predictable”. In the meantime, we could reach the end of the process with final arguments for both companies, which are expected to take place next Monday. It is not known how long it will take the judge to make her decision.