Today Apple news, Apple vs Epic Games Court Battle Begins.
Apple’s lawsuit with Epic Games begins Monday. In a case that could have far-reaching consequences, U.S. District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers will decide whether Apple should let Fortnite return to the App Store and make Epic’s payment option available. Additionally, it will issue a ruling on Apple’s ability to block third-party applications that use Epic’s Unreal Engine development software.
Apple and Epic Games meet in court
The judge must ultimately decide where Epic’s antitrust claims are likely to succeed and whether or not it will suffer irreparable harm without an injunction. However, “Epic faces an uphill battle,” Stanford Law School professor Mark Lemley told Bloomberg News. “Apple’s pricing policies are problematic, and the antitrust law should probably fix it. But the courts are very reluctant to dictate who a company, even a monopolist, should do business with.
The dispute is over how Apple takes fees for in-app purchases in its App Store. Any decision could also affect Google’s ability to claim similar fees on its Play Store.