Apple vs Epic Games. In 2020, Epic Games filed a lawsuit against Apple for abuse of a dominant position. This ensures that the creator of Fortnite is only trying to increase their income.
Epic Games, the creator of Fortnite, presented its initial arguments against Apple this Monday in a California court, where it wants to show that the technology giant has a monopoly on mobile applications that hurts the entire market, innovation, and users.
“We are going to show, without ambiguity, that Apple exercises a monopoly,” Epic attorney Katherine Forrest said in opening remarks to the process.
The case is closely followed by the entire tech industry for its weight in the operation of dominant platforms, which Epic accused of being “walled gardens.”
The metaphor refers to the ecosystems built and controlled by the technological giants, where they can establish the rules, prioritize their own products and attract users and developers, who have no alternative but to accept the conditions if they want to access this market.
“The most common flower in this walled garden is the Venus flytrap,” Forrest said, alluding to a carnivorous plant. Without this abuse of a dominant position, “Epic would bring more innovation and better prices to consumers,” added the attorney.
Apple’s attorney Karen Dunn opened her defense by responding that Epic’s lawsuit is part of a “self-proclaimed war on mobile platform fees” that defies the law and the facts.
Apple is a monopoly as a grocery store that sells a wide range of products, competing with other stores, Dunn said, noting that people can play Epic games on multiple platforms including consoles, personal computers, and smartphones made by rivals of Manzana.
“Apple did not create a secure and integrated ecosystem to keep people away, it did it to be able to invite developers, without compromising the privacy, reliability, and quality that consumers wanted,” said the lawyer.
If Epic’s vision prevails, Dunn said, “the result for consumers and developers will be less security, less privacy, less reliability, less quality, fewer options. All the things that antitrust laws seek to protect. ”
“It took me time to realize”
Epic CEO Tim Sweeney said Apple’s performance forced his company to accept unfavorable terms or lose its huge iPhone user base.
When asked why he waited until now to file a lawsuit, he replied, “It took me a long time to realize all the negative impacts of Apple’s policies.”