Tech giant Apple faces a trial that threatens to overthrow its control over its lucrative App Store.
The case in Federal Court in the United States is brought by Epic Games, Creator of the popular Fortnite video game.
Why is Epic Games taking action?
Epic claims that Apple has transformed its digital storefront into an illegal monopoly that squeezes mobile applications for a significant portion of their revenue.
Apple, which denies Epic’s claims, began building the App Store 13 years ago as part of a strategy orchestrated by co-founder Steve Jobs.
Experts believe the trial is “huge” and has the potential to change the way Apple operates.
It could give app developers more power – or strengthen Apple’s control over the App Store.
How Much is the App Store to Apple?
Apple takes a 15% to 30% commission on in-app purchases, including everything from digital in-game items to subscriptions.
The store powers more than 1.6 billion iPhones, iPads and other devices and has helped make Apple one of the most profitable companies in the world.
Its market value now exceeds $ 2.2 trillion (£ 1.6 billion), while privately held Epic is much smaller in comparison, with an estimated value of $ 30 billion (£ 21.7 billion). sterling).
What is the context of this trial?
Epic says it distributed hundreds of millions of dollars to Apple before Tech giant kicked Fortnite off its app store last August, after Epic added a payment system that bypassed Apple.
Epic then sued Apple, sparking audience drama that could shed new light on Apple’s management of its App Store.
Are there other reasons for Epic’s action?
Epic, based in North Carolina, is looking to offer an alternative app store on iPhone.
He also wants to free himself from Apple’s commissions.
What can we expect from the trial?
Apple CEO Tim Cook and Epic CEO Tim Sweeney will testify in federal court in Oakland, California.
Neither side wanted a jury trial, leaving the decision to U.S. District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers, who already seems to know her decision will likely be appealed, given the stakes in the case.
Epic argues that the iPhone has become so entrenched in society that the device and its ecosystem have become a monopoly that Apple can exploit to enrich itself unfairly and outsmart the competition.
Apple says it faces significant competition from various alternatives to iPhone video games.
Epic has filed a separate lawsuit against Google, accusing him of illegally hijacking apps through his own app store for Android devices.
Apple will also attempt to portray Epic as a desperate company hungry for revenue streams beyond aging Fortnite.
The trial is expected to last most of this month, with a decision expected in the following weeks.