The Epic fight over Apple App Store fees recently found itself on the door to a court of law. The legal case may seem normal in the world with corporations. But its ruling will have huge implications for the world of tech. The representatives from the two parties presented their arguments in the court.
Proceedings in Court
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Epic Attorney Katherine Forrest represented Epic games. She began the case while accusing Apple of turning its online marketplace into a monopoly. She argued Apple lures in developers and users and then squeezes money out of them. The lawyer presented her opening statement in California federal court. She claimed due to this practice Apple gets profits of as much as 78 percent from apps.
Later, Apple lawyer Karen Dunn presented her argument. She claimed that Epic’s suit is a component of a “self-proclaimed war against mobile platform fees” that defies the law and therefore the facts. She declined that Apple is a monopoly. According to her Apple did not create a secure and integrated ecosystem to keep people out. But to ask developers in – without compromising the privacy, reliability, and quality consumers wanted.
Dunn submitted by warning if Epic wins it would result in less privacy, security and lower quality and less choice for developers and consumers. All of the things the antitrust laws seek to protect.
What is the Tussle Over
Apple’s App Store is the only place to find all games and applications for an ios powered phone. The sheer number of ios users provides Apple with huge revenue opportunities. Apple literally solely introduces developers by giving them access to this user base.
The two firms are debating whether Apple has the proper to line ground rules, control payment systems, and kick out apps from its marketplace that fail to comply. Also at stake is Apple’s slice of revenue from iPhone apps of the maximum amount as 30 percent.
Epic games tried using a fix to bypass this 30 percent commission to Apple while allowing its game Fortnite to be installed on the ios platform. Now other developers are waiting for the ruling. They hope for a solution to be exempted from the huge commission Apple is charging.
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