Apple CEO Tim Cook, as well as the company’s senior vice president for software engineering, Craig Federighi, will even have to appear in court to make statements in Epic’s case against the technology.
One of the judges in the case demands the presence of the two executives in the courtroom, having even ordered the pair to prepare the necessary documents for analysis before the next hearing, to be held in July 2021.
Epic sued Apple over alleged App Store monopoly
Epic has decided to go to court against Apple because it considers the App Store’s 30% tax on all app revenue to be unfair.
Fortnite’s tremendous success thus served as a source of astronomical income for the Cupertino company, simply by making the game available in its store, allowing users of the company’s products to access the Battle Royale.
Epic considers that this practice is unfair and monopolistic, opting to sue not only Apple but also Google, which uses the same practice in its Play Store.
Apple has a lot of work to do
Apple has already said that Tim Cook will be available for a hearing, asking only that his testimony be limited to four hours. However, only when Epic receives the appropriate documentation will the duration of the CEO’s testimony be determined.
In the place of Craig Federighi, Apple tried to put the person in charge of the App Store (Eric Neuenshwander) but Epic insists on Federighi’s presence, taking into account his leadership position in relation to all matters involving iOS.
Apple will now have to organize an extensive set of documents containing relevant communications between employees, which Epic claims have been omitted.
Despite this, the court has already given partial reason to Apple, which will only have to provide information deemed strictly necessary. The case promises to make a lot of ink run, and developments are expected early next year.
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