Fortnite maker Epic Games and Apple held a dispute in a blockbuster trial in the iPhone maker’s App Store on Monday. This has had a major impact on the world of mobile technology, refuting the so-called monopolistic behavior and the most favorable issues for consumers. .
The epic lawyer Katherine Forrest filed a lawsuit, accusing Apple of turning its online market into a monopolistic “walled garden”, attracting developers and users, and then squeezing money from them.
The lawyer said in a statement in the California Federal Court that Apple actually “planted a flower in a walled garden and turned it into a Venus flycatcher”, saying that the technology giant had gained as many as 78 from the application. % Profit.
She claimed: “The evidence will clearly show that Apple is a monopolist.”
Apple attorney Karen Dunn fired back, telling the judge that the epic lawsuit was part of a “professed war against mobile platform fees” that ignored the law and facts.
Dunn believes that Apple no longer monopolizes the market like the grocery market, which sells a variety of goods and competes with other stores. He pointed out that people can play epic games on the platform, including game consoles, personal computers and smartphones made by Apple’s competitors.
Dunn said: “Apple did not build a secure integrated ecosystem to keep people out, but did so, so it can invite developers to join without compromising the privacy that consumers want. Reliability and quality.”
Dunn said that if Epic wins, then for consumers and developers, the result will be: less security, less privacy, less reliability, lower quality, and fewer choices. Antitrust laws seek to protect all aspects.
Enter the iPhone base
Epic, the maker of the popular “Battle Royale” game Fortnite, aims to break the iPhone maker’s control of its App Store.
Epic’s CEO Tim Sweeney was the first witness. He said that Apple’s move forced his company to either accept unfavorable terms or lose its huge iPhone user base.
Sweeney said in his testimony: “Because Fortnite’s business has gone beyond gaming, it must have more than 1 billion iPhone users.”
When asked why he waited until now to file a lawsuit, he said: “It took me a long time to realize all the negative effects of Apple’s policy.”
Apple’s trial review conducted by District Court Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers (Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers) before Tuesday was accompanied by Apple’s feeling of pressure from numerous app makers to control the App Store. Critics say this Represents monopolistic behavior.
The two companies are arguing whether Apple has the right to establish basic rules, control the payment system and eliminate non-compliant applications from its market. As much as 30% of Apple’s revenue from iPhone apps is also at risk.
Sweeney testified that Epic violated the contract by hiding a “patch” in the Fortnite app to bypass the iPhone manufacturer’s payment system, triggering a public confrontation with Apple.
Sweeney said: “I want the world to see Apple fully control the availability of all software on iOS.”
Business model at risk
University of California law professor Tejas Narechania (Tejas Narechania) said that a key element of Apple’s business model is in litigation.
He said: “This will tell us a lot about how we structure industries and technology industries.”
“Where can companies like Apple, Amazon and Google be tightly integrated?”
Dan Ives, an analyst at Wedbush Securities, called the case a “Game of Thrones” case. Epic hopes to bypass Apple and Google’s application platforms while “trying to gain access to other developers/application makers through a wave of limelight.” “Support” against Apple.
But Ives said that Apple has a strong defense.
Ives said in a research report: “Apple has successfully defended the moat of its App Store time and time again, and this time it looks no different to us.”
Epic is seeking to return to the App Store without being forced to use Apple’s payment method, but its criticism is not alone.
The European Union has formally accused Apple of unfairly squeezing out music streaming competitors based on a complaint filed by Sweden’s Spotify and others. The complaint alleges that the California group has established rules in favor of its Apple Music.
The recently established App Fairness Alliance, including Spotify and Epic, called on Apple to open up its market, claiming that Apple’s commissions are “taxes” on competitors.
Last year, after Epic avoided revenue sharing with iPhone manufacturers, Apple launched Fortnite from its online mobile market.
Apple does not allow users of its popular devices to download applications from anywhere outside of its App Store, and developers must use Apple’s payment system, which will reduce costs.
Due to legal disputes, Fortnite fans using iPhones or other Apple devices can no longer access the latest game updates.