May 4, 2021
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Epic v. Apple – Let the battle commence.
Epic Games, a $29 billion gaming maker, sued Google and Apple last year after their Fortnite app was blocked by both companies for violating their 30% revenue sharing agreements.
Epic Games the maker of "Fortnite," broke Apple's app-marketplace rules on purpose to demonstrate Apple's dominance and that the tech giant takes a disproportionate share of revenue from software developers, the video game company's CEO testified in a trial Monday.
Epic Games' CEO, who developed the gaming phenomenon Fortnite, testified in federal court that his company deliberately violated Apple's app rules to demonstrate how the tech giant "was making more profit from selling developer apps in the App Store than developers." The hugely anticipated three-week antitrust trial got underway Monday and could determine "the future of how apps generate revenue through mobile devices."
Mr. Sweeney testified for about three hours, answering questions from a variety of trial participants.
“Apple was making more profit from selling developer apps in the App Store than developers,” said Tim Sweeney, whose company’s global hit “Fortnite” was removed from Apple’s mobile app platform last August.
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