The legal battle between Epic Games and Apple officially begins on Monday (28), when the first hearing to analyze evidence and formally proceed with the process takes place.
Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers, from the United States, will make the final decision on the case, which is being followed by fans from both companies. Currently, public opinion seems to lean towards Epic, but it is clear that this should not be a determining factor in the judge’s decision.
In case you’re not familiar with the dispute, it all started in August, when Epic implemented a direct payment system in Fortnite. In practice, this change meant that the money raised from the purchase of V-Bucks went directly to Epic Games, removing Apple’s percentage of purchases on the App Store.
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Naturally, Apple did not accept this change and removed Fortnite from the App Store. In response, Epic filed a lawsuit against Apple – simultaneously the creation of the hashtag #FreeFortnite and the publication of the video available above, a parody of a 1984 Apple commercial.
Apple responded by saying that all the damage suffered by Epic was “self-inflicted”. Despite Epic’s requests, it was legally decided that Apple did not need to re-include Fortnite in the App Store, which ended up being detrimental to Epic’s earnings, which revealed a 60% drop in the number of Fortnite users active daily on iOS.
The fate of this dispute is now in the hands of Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers, who is due to make a decision later on Monday (28).
* Translated by Diego Lima.
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