Craig Federighi was on the stand today at the Epic Games vs. Apple trial. During the session, Craig was asked if Mac has any level of threat, to which he replied that Mac currently has a level of malware that Apple “does not find acceptable.”
Epic Games vs Apple
Apple earns a commission out of every in-app purchase on its devices, including iPhone, iPad, and even Macs. According to a new report from Bloomberg, Apple earned over $100 million in commission from Epic Game’s Fortnite sales when the game was available on the App Store.
Ever since Epic Games got into a fight against Apple over the App Store fees, the company has claimed that the fight is about the “basic freedom” of consumers and distributors alike. This was also why Epic Games was not interested in a special deal just for itself on the App Store. However, in his testimony against Apple, Epic CEO Tim Sweeney confirmed that he would have taken a special deal from Apple for lower App Store fees.
It’s finally happening. The United States District Court for the Northern District of California has set a date of May 3 for the court hearing for the Epic Games versus Apple antitrust lawsuit.
A new report in Epic vs Apple legal battle details that the company is trying to seek testimony from Apple’s former iOS software chief, Scott Forstall.
Epic Games, developer of the widely popular game Fortnite, has filed an antitrust complaint against Apple in the European Union.
After Apple booted Fortnite from the App Store, Epic Games ran a #FreeFortnite campaign. Building further on that campaign, Epic Games has teamed up with Samsung to send “Free Fortnite” goodies to influencers.
The battle between Epic and Apple seems to be far from over. Epic recently asked Apple to restore Fortnite to the App Store, and the filings reveal Apple’s accusation. The Cupertino company argues that Epic’s damages are “entirely self-inflicted,” and Fortnite will be allowed back on App Store once the in-app direct payment system is removed.
Just yesterday, Apple countersued Epic Games. Now the company has tweeted that Apple will not allow Fortnite users to “Sign in with Apple” starting from September 11, 2020. The worst part is that gamers will not be able to play Fortnite on iOS even if they have it already installed. Furthermore, users stand losing their account data and the progress they have made so far.
Apple has filed a countersuit against Epic Games and is seeking damages for breach of contract. Epic Games was the first to drag Apple to court over its App Store policies after Fortnite was removed from the store for adding a direct payment method. Epic, however, lost the temporary restraining order against Apple meaning the latter was not required to put back Fortnite on the App Store.