Epic Games considers Apple to carry out anti-competitive practices in the Fortnite case
REPUBLIKA.CO.ID, JAKARTA – Apple Inc and Epic Games have registered their chief executives as potential witnesses in a case between an iPhone maker and a video game developer over the App Store payment system. Court documents show this.
Apple and Epic Games, creators of the popular game Fortnite, have been in a legal battle since last year, when Epic Games tried to avoid App Store fees of 30 percent by launching its own in-app payment system. The move prompted Apple to ban Fortnite from the app store.
In addition to CEO Tim Cook, Apple also identified software chief Craig Federighi and App store Vice President Matt Fischer on a list of tentative witnesses submitted to the Oakland Division of California’s North District United States District Court, copies seen by Reuters.
Epic Games listed founder and CEO Tim Sweeney, game store manager Steve Allison and Thomas Ko, head of online business strategy, among the witnesses for the trial.
“The pool of developer voices against Apple and their anti-competitive practices is becoming louder,” Epic Games said in a statement.
Apple did not respond to a Reuters request for comment, but told Bloomberg in a question it felt confident this case would prove Epic was deliberately breaching its agreement solely to increase its revenue.