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“Epic wants us to be Android, but we don’t want to” – the long-awaited trial between Apple and Epic Games began in the USA

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The highly anticipated Epic Games v Apple trial began yesterday in federal court in Oakland, California. Lawyers from both companies gave opening remarks before District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers.

Epic Games’ lawyers tried to portray the App Store as an anti-competitive and monopolistic store, noting that developers are forced to use Apple’s in-app purchase system and thus pay Apple a 30% commission.

Epic Games wants Apple to allow third-party iOS app stores and allow developers to offer direct payment systems, but Apple says a single app store is needed to protect security, privacy and quality.

“Epic wants us to be Android, but we don’t want to,” said Apple attorney Karen Dunn, referring to the ability to download apps outside of the Google Play store on Android devices. “Our users don’t want that either,” she added.

Last August, Apple removed Fortnite from the App Store because Epic Games introduced direct in-app payments, contrary to App Store policies. Epic Games then filed an organized lawsuit against Apple, accusing the company of anti-competitive behavior. Apple said Epic Games “went wrong by breaking the App Store policies, which apply equally to all developers and are designed to keep the store safe for our users.” Epic Games has refused to partner and Fortnite is still not available on the App Store.

The trial is expected to last a total of three weeks, with Apple CEO Tim Cook and other executives testifying.

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