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Apple gives road map of its push back in Epic trial

In a summary of its legal arguments, Apple contends the 30% commission it charges most developers isn’t anticompetitive as it’s a typical fee across other mobile and online platforms

Epic has argued that Apple’s conduct harms innovation.apPremium
Epic has argued that Apple’s conduct harms innovation.ap

Apple Inc. plans to argue at a trial that developers and consumers will suffer if Epic Games Inc. succeeds in upending how the iPhone maker’s app marketplace is run.

Apple presented a California federal judge on Thursday with a road map of how it will push back against Epic in a high-stakes antitrust fight over how much the App Store charges developers. The filing comes ahead of a 3 May trial before the judge with no jury.

In a summary of its legal arguments, Apple contends the 30% commission it charges most developers isn’t anticompetitive as it’s a typical fee across other mobile and online platforms. Moreover, the company argues taking a share of the revenue is justified by the billions of dollars it has invested in developing the proprietary infrastructure that underpins its App Store.

“Epic has benefited handsomely from its contractual relationship with Apple," the court submission said. “Epic has used Apple’s proprietary SDKs, and thousands of proprietary APIs to develop games for iOS users."

The maker of Fortnite, which Apple removed from its store last year, accuses the iPhone maker’s app store of being an illegal monopoly because developers are barred from making their iPhone and iPad apps available through their own websites. On Thursday, the game studio laid out its own arguments in the dispute, saying Apple’s conduct harms innovation and allows it to profit at the expense of independent developers.

Epic wants no restriction on apps, whether on technology or content, accessed through the App Store, Apple said in its filing. But it overlooks the benefits of Apple’s app review process—such as protecting users’ privacy and controlling malware attacks on the platform—that have helped developers and consumers, Apple said.

The Fortnite maker has earned more than $700 million in revenue from iOS customers during the two years that the game was available on the App Store, according to Apple. There is nothing preventing Epic Games from developing web apps for the iPhone and allowing users to access them via the browser, the company added.

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Published: 09 Apr 2021, 12:32 AM IST
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