Since the Epic v. Apple’s lawsuit is a bank attempt, there is no jury trying to reach a decision. Instead, it is up to the judge to do so. As a result, whatever the judge says or does during the trial will be carefully examined to determine which way the judge is leaning.
Epic CEO Tim Sweeney was in the hot seat in the courtroom today
Epic created its own in-app purchase platform, which resulted in the removal of Fortnite from the App Store
The rule changes Judge Gonzalez Rogers could force Apple to apply to all types of apps, not just Epic’s popular Fortnite game. The judge put pressure on Epic’s CEO, Sweeney, and asked him if he knew the economics of other apps such as dating apps, messaging apps, and food apps that the executive denied.
“So you have no idea how what you’re asking would affect any of the developers who are into these other categories of apps. Is that right?” Judge Gonzalez Rogers asked. “Personally not,” replied the Epic CEO.
Perhaps one of the worst exchanges for Epic came on Tuesday when Judge Sweeney asked if the real reason Epic wants to get rid of Apple’s restrictive in-app payment rules is to allow Fortnite’s younger fan base to make “impulse purchases”. The executive said yes, adding that “customer convenience is a big factor.
Sweeney replied, “It wasn’t a very attractive option for our customers,” Sweeney said. Putting Fortnite aside and pulling out a device, navigating to a website, logging in, making a transaction there, is extremely inconvenient. ”
If the judge concludes that Epic evaded Apple tax without breaking Apple’s regulations, and that the game developer was only concerned with impulse buying from children, it will be very difficult for the game developer to win this case.