By letter: Epic sued Apple, arguing that Apple was using its App Store in an anti-competitive manner. However, U.S. District Judge Yvonne Rodgers does not appear to be phased by Epic’s arguments.
After deliberately violating Apple’s in-app payment policies, Epic filed a lawsuit against Apple, accusing it of anti-competitive practices. The two companies appeared at a hearing on Monday via Zoom. However, U.S. District Court Judge Yvonne Rodgers does not seem particularly pleased with Epic’s legal arguments, according to a CNN report.
In particular, Judge Rodgers disagreed with Epic’s argument that Apple violated antitrust laws by requiring applications to use the payment system in Apple̵
“The fenced gardens have been around for decades,” the judge said. “Nintendo has a fenced garden. Sony has a fenced garden. Microsoft has a fenced garden. What Apple does is not much different … It’s hard to ignore the economy of the industry, which is what you want to do.
Epic’s ultimate goal is to use its own launcher, or at least use its own payment system, to reduce Apple’s (and Google’s) 30% discount through in-app payments. However, Apple claims that this could lead to security issues. Epic objected, saying it was not a security threat as it is an established company and business partner of Apple. Judge Rodgers again disagreed.
“You did something, you lied to him by mistake, by not coming close. This is the security problem. This is the security problem! “
“You did something, you lied to him by mistake, by not coming close. This is the security problem. This is the security problem! “There are a lot of people in society who think you’re heroes for what you’ve done, but it’s still not fair.”
This ongoing battle between Apple and Epic is fun. Both sides are throwing corporate mud at each other in a simultaneous effort to keep their faces. Epic hosted a Fortnite tournament that rewarded the winners with expensive technology other than Apple products. Apple has denied Epic Games accounts use Apple’s single sign-on system.
Apple’s dispute with Epic extends to other developers. Spotify, Epic, Deezer, Protonmail and other developers have created the “Application Justice Coalition”, which protects “freedom of choice and fair competition in the application ecosystem.” Even Microsoft is struggling with Apple to allow streaming services for games like xCloud and Stadia in the App Store.
Monday’s hearing settled nothing about Fortnite’s return to the App Store, although a decision is pending. Judge Rodgers recommended a trial to “find out what real people think.”