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Apple faces one of its most serious legal threats in recent years: A trial that threatens to upend its iron control over its app store, which brings in billions of dollars each year while feeding more than 1.6 billion iPhones, iPads, and other devices.Apple faces one of its most serious legal threats in recent years: A trial that threatens to upend its iron control over its app store, which brings in billions of dollars each year while feeding more than 1.6 billion iPhones, iPads, and other devices.

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As a lawsuit between the gaming powerhouse behind Fortnite and Apple heads to court, its outcome could mean big changes for how consumers buy content on their devices, according to experts.As a lawsuit between the gaming powerhouse behind Fortnite and Apple heads to court, its outcome could mean big changes for how consumers buy content on their devices, according to experts.

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But win or lose at the trial, Epic, which has pursued an aggressive public relations campaign against Apple alongside its court pleadings, may have already accomplished a major goal.But win or lose at the trial, Epic, which has pursued an aggressive public relations campaign against Apple alongside its court pleadings, may have already accomplished a major goal.

Analysis: In Apple versus Epic Games, courtroom battle is only half the fight | HT Tech

Trump ally Rudy Giuliani now claiming he was “framed” and that the raid of his apartment and office was “out of control.” MSNBC’s Chief Legal Correspondent Ari Melber clarifies a judge believed there was evidence of a crime in his apartment and discusses the latest updates in the probe with MSNBC’s Neal Katyal and The Washington Post’s Libby Casey.Trump ally Rudy Giuliani now claiming he was “framed” and that the raid of his apartment and office was “out of control.” MSNBC’s Chief Legal Correspondent Ari Melber clarifies a judge believed there was evidence of a crime in his apartment and discusses the latest updates in the probe with MSNBC’s Neal Katyal and The Washington Post’s Libby Casey.

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The first day of that trial saw the release of a financial presentation covering the company's earnings during 2018 and 2019, offering a rare look intThe first day of that trial saw the release of a financial presentation covering the company's earnings during 2018 and 2019, offering a rare look into the company's earnings.

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Today, the trial between Epic and Apple finally began after nearly nine months of legal filings and pre-trial hearings. During the court proceedings, new documents surfaced providing more data on how these companies operate. For example, we now know that Fortnite made $9,165,000,000 in two years. Today, the trial between Epic and Apple finally began after nearly nine months of legal filings and pre-trial hearings. During the court proceedings, new documents surfaced providing more data on how these companies operate. For example, we now know that Fortnite made $9,165,000,000 in two years.

Fortnite Made Over $9 Billion Between 2018 And 2019

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**It appears that the Fortnite developers have some huge ideas for Chapter 2 that are yet to come to life.****It appears that the Fortnite developers have some huge ideas for Chapter 2 that are yet to come to life.**

Court documents surface revealing Fortnite financials, future collaborations & more

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A skin based on Naruto Uzumaki is apparently planned to release in Fortnite sometime this year. The court case between Apple and Epic Games began earlier today, and an in-house presentation from the latter company was made public, as a result. The presentation includes a lot of information about [...]A skin based on Naruto Uzumaki is apparently planned to release in Fortnite sometime this year. [...]

Fortnite Leak Apparently Reveals Plans for Naruto Uzumaki Skin

Today marked the beginning of the highly-anticipated Apple vs. Epic trial, and things kicked off with both companies presenting their opening statements. While Epic argued that Apple has built a monopolistic ecosystem surrounding the App Store and iPhone, Apple said that Epic fails to support its claims with any evidence. Epic’s Opening Statement Epic kicked […]

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In opening arguments in its case against Apple, Epic Games argues that the Cupertino tech giant has unnecessarily monopolized app distribution and in-app payments on the iOS App Store.In opening arguments in its case against Apple, Epic Games argues that the Cupertino tech giant has unnecessarily monopolized app distribution and in-app payments on the iOS App Store.

Epic Games argues Apple has app monopoly, should make iOS more like macOS | AppleInsider

In an email to Apple leadership, Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney laid out plans to intentionally violate Apple's App Store terms of service.

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In the antitrust trial starting May 3, Epic Games isn’t asking for any monetary damages — and its lawyers must cost a fortune. But if Epic’s ambitions to own the Next Big Thing pay off, the money it’s spending to change Apple’s rules will look like a good investment.The future of in-app payments is at stake.

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A video game developer's lawsuit against Apple’s App Store policies resonates with broader concerns in Washington and Brussels about the online industry's gatekeepers.

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Apple and Fortnite maker Epic Games clashed in a US court on Monday over App Store fee. Apple had banned Fortnite from App Store after Epic Games allowed users to pay directly for in-app purchases bypassing Apple’s 30 percent revenue cut.Epic Games claims that Apple gets as much as 78 percent profit from apps on its App Store.

Apple, Fortnite Maker Epic Games in US Court Clash Over App Store Fee | Technology News

The Epic v. Apple trial kicked off on Monday morning, and it’s already devolved into a giant, internet-fueled mess. For the love of god, mute everyone.The Epic v. Apple trial kicked off on Monday morning, and it’s already devolved into a giant, internet-fueled mess. For the love of god, mute everyone.

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As part of its opening arguments, Apple says that its policies protect the privacy, security, and quality of the App Store, and claims that Epic sued only because it no longer wanted to pay Apple's commissions.As part of its opening arguments, Apple says that its policies protect the privacy, security, and quality of the App Store, and claims that Epic sued only because it no longer wanted to pay Apple's commissions.

Apple says Epic Games demands threaten iOS app security, privacy, quality | AppleInsider

Epic Games is taking a leaf out of the Apex Legends book and take Fortnite "beyond battle royale" with a glittering new open-world game mode.Epic is set to take a leaf out of the Apex Legends playbook and go "beyond battle royale" with a glittering new open-world game mode.

Epic Games plan to take Fortnite "beyond battle royale" with new open-world mode - Dexerto

Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney on Monday testified in the Epic Games v. Apple case, laying out and defending his reasoning behind Epic's suit against Apple.Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney on Monday testified in the Epic Games v. Apple case, laying out and defending his reasoning behind Epic's suit against Apple.

Epic CEO Tim Sweeney grilled on platform agreements, V-Bucks | AppleInsider

SAN RAMON, Calif. — Apple’s lucrative app store was alternately portrayed as a price-gouging monopoly and a hub of world-changing innovation during the preamble to a trial that may reshape the technological landscape. The contrasting portraits were drawn on Monday as lawyers for Apple and its foe, Epic Games, outlined their cases in an Oakland, California, federal court before U.S. District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers, who will decide the case. While Apple depicted its app store as an invaluable service beloved by consumers and developers alike, Epic Games attacked it as a breakthrough idea that has morphed into an instrument of financial exploitation that illegally locks out competition. The trial, expected to last most of this month, revolves around the 15% to 30% commission that Apple charges for subscriptions and purchases made from apps downloaded from its store -- the only one accessible on the iPhone, iPad and iPod. Epic, the maker of the popular Fortnite video game, laid out evidence drawn mostly from Apple’s internal documents in an attempt to prove the company has built a digital “walled garden” during the past 13 years as part of a strategy crafted by its late co-founder, Steve Jobs. The formula, Epic contends, is designed to make it as difficult as possible for consumers to stop buying its products and services. “The most prevalent flower in the walled garden is the Venus fly trap,” said Epic lawyer Katherine Forrest. Later, Forrest highlighted expert testimony that will be submitted during the trial that estimated Apple reaped profit margins of 75% to 78% during 2018 and 2019, even though Jobs publicly said the company didn’t expect to make large sums of money from the app store when it opened in 2008. The app store is now an integral piece of a services division that generated nearly $17 billion in revenue during the first three months of this year alone. Apple brushed off Epic’s arguments as a case brimming with unfounded allegations made by a company that wants to get rid of the app store commission to increase its own profits while freeloading off an iPhone ecosystem that has cost more than $100 billion to build. Karen Dunn, Apple’s attorney, pointed to Epic’s internal documents outlining a strategy called “Project Liberty” that paved a way for Fortnite to purposefully breach its app store contract last summer and set up a showdown over the fees. “Rather than investing in innovation, Epic invested in lawyers, PR and policy consultants in an effort to get all of the benefits Apple provides without paying,” Dunn said. In sworn testimony, Epic CEO Tim Sweeney acknowledged that the company is trying to increase its current annual revenue of about $5.1 billion through its own app store. The Epic store, which is currently banned from the iPhone and other Apple products, charges a 12% commission on in-app transactions. That model isn't profitable yet, Sweeney said, but he predicted the Epic store will start making money during the next three or four years. “Epic is solely seeking changes to Apple’s future behaviour,” Sweeney testified so the company won't have to pay higher commissions and still be able to offer Fortnite and other games on the iPhone. Apple ousted Fortnite from its app store last August after Epic tried to use its own payment system. Sweeney also acknowledged that Epic decided to brazenly violate its contract with Apple to make a point. “I wanted to show the world through action exactly what the ramifications of Apple’s policies were," he testified. In his cross-examination, Apple lawyer Richard Doren repeatedly pressed why Epic seemed to have no problem paying a mandatory 30% commission on payments made on Fortnite through Sony's PlayStation Microsoft's Xbox and Nintendo's Switch consoles as well as other devices. During the same questioning, Doren also highlighted evidence showing those three video game consoles have accounted for about $10.5 billion of the $13.1 billion in revenue that Fortnite has brought into Epic the game's release in 2017. Apple CEO Tim Cook -- Jobs’ hand-picked successor -- will testify during the trial, too, but his appearance isn't expected until near the end of a courtroom drama that will unfold before only a handful of mask-wearing people being allowed inside each day because of pandemic restrictions. While the trial will involve moments of high intrigue that could divulge closely guarded secrets, the nuts and bolts of the case will likely hinge on more mundane matters such as market definitions. Epic contends the iPhone has become so ingrained in society that the device and its peripheral services such as the app store has become a market by itself. As part of that argument, Epic contends the Apple should be forced to open up its walled garden to alternative options, such as allowing other app stores and payment options besides its own. “The garden could have a door,” Epic lawyer Forrest insisted. “It was artificially closed." Apple Inc. is seeking a far more broader market definition that would encompass the consoles, computers and other devices that people use to play video games. To prove that point, the Cupertino, California, company cited an internal Epic analysis done last year that concluded 38% of Fortnite users who play the game on mobile devices also rely on consoles and other devices, as well. As part of its case, Apple is also highlighting the roughly 2 billion other smartphones that run on Google’s Android software, which allows alternative ways to download apps. The different way that Google manages apps on Android is one example that Apple believes proves that consumers have other choices, but many of them prefer keeping their digital experiences within a carefully controlled walled garden. Epic is “asking us to remove our competitive advantage,” Apple lawyer Dunn said. “Epic wants us to be Android, but we don’t want to be.” Epic also is suing Google in a separate case accusing that company of illegally gouging apps through its Play store for Android devices. Michael Liedtke, The Associated PressSAN RAMON, Calif. — Apple’s lucrative app store was alternately portrayed as a price-gouging monopoly and a hub of world-changing innovation during the preamble to a trial that may reshape the technological landscape. The contrasting portraits were drawn on Monday as lawyers for Apple and its foe, Epic Games, outlined their cases in an Oakland, California, federal court before U.S. District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers, who will decide the case. While Apple depicted its app store as an invaluable service beloved by consumers and developers alike, Epic Games attacked it as a breakthrough idea that has morphed into an instrument of financial exploitation that illegally locks out competition. The trial, expected to last most of this month, revolves around the 15% to 30% commission that Apple charges for subscriptions and purchases made from apps downloaded from its store -- the only one accessible on the iPhone, iPad and iPod. Epic, the maker of the popular Fortnite video game, laid out evidence drawn mostly from Apple’s internal documents in an attempt to prove the company has built a digital “walled garden” during the past 13 years as part of a strategy crafted by its late co-founder, Steve Jobs. The formula, Epic contends, is designed to make it as difficult as possible for consumers to stop buying its products and services. “The most prevalent flower in the walled garden is the Venus fly trap,” said Epic lawyer Katherine Forrest. Later, Forrest highlighted expert testimony that will be submitted during the trial that estimated Apple reaped profit margins of 75% to 78% during 2018 and 2019, even though Jobs publicly said the company didn’t expect to make large sums of money from the app store when it opened in 2008. The app store is now an integral piece of a services division that generated nearly $17 billion in revenue during the first three months of this year alone. Apple brushed off Epic’s arguments as a case brimming with unfounded allegations made by a company that wants to get rid of the app store commission to increase its own profits while freeloading off an iPhone ecosystem that has cost more than $100 billion to build. Karen Dunn, Apple’s attorney, pointed to Epic’s internal documents outlining a strategy called “Project Liberty” that paved a way for Fortnite to purposefully breach its app store contract last summer and set up a showdown over the fees. “Rather than investing in innovation, Epic invested in lawyers, PR and policy consultants in an effort to get all of the benefits Apple provides without paying,” Dunn said. In sworn testimony, Epic CEO Tim Sweeney acknowledged that the company is trying to increase its current annual revenue of about $5.1 billion through its own app store. The Epic store, which is currently banned from the iPhone and other Apple products, charges a 12% commission on in-app transactions. That model isn't profitable yet, Sweeney said, but he predicted the Epic store will start making money during the next three or four years. “Epic is solely seeking changes to Apple’s future behaviour,” Sweeney testified so the company won't have to pay higher commissions and still be able to offer Fortnite and other games on the iPhone. Apple ousted Fortnite from its app store last August after Epic tried to use its own payment system. Sweeney also acknowledged that Epic decided to brazenly violate its contract with Apple to make a point. “I wanted to show the world through action exactly what the ramifications of Apple’s policies were," he testified. In his cross-examination, Apple lawyer Richard Doren repeatedly pressed why Epic seemed to have no problem paying a mandatory 30% commission on payments made on Fortnite through Sony's PlayStation Microsoft's Xbox and Nintendo's Switch consoles as well as other devices. During the same questioning, Doren also highlighted evidence showing those three video game consoles have accounted for about $10.5 billion of the $13.1 billion in revenue that Fortnite has brought into Epic the game's release in 2017. Apple CEO Tim Cook -- Jobs’ hand-picked successor -- will testify during the trial, too, but his appearance isn't expected until near the end of a courtroom drama that will unfold before only a handful of mask-wearing people being allowed inside each day because of pandemic restrictions. While the trial will involve moments of high intrigue that could divulge closely guarded secrets, the nuts and bolts of the case will likely hinge on more mundane matters such as market definitions. Epic contends the iPhone has become so ingrained in society that the device and its peripheral services such as the app store has become a market by itself. As part of that argument, Epic contends the Apple should be forced to open up its walled garden to alternative options, such as allowing other app stores and payment options besides its own. “The garden could have a door,” Epic lawyer Forrest insisted. “It was artificially closed." Apple Inc. is seeking a far more broader market definition that would encompass the consoles, computers and other devices that people use to play video games. To prove that point, the Cupertino, California, company cited an internal Epic analysis done last year that concluded 38% of Fortnite users who play the game on mobile devices also rely on consoles and other devices, as well. As part of its case, Apple is also highlighting the roughly 2 billion other smartphones that run on Google’s Android software, which allows alternative ways to download apps. The different way that Google manages apps on Android is one example that Apple believes proves that consumers have other choices, but many of them prefer keeping their digital experiences within a carefully controlled walled garden. Epic is “asking us to remove our competitive advantage,” Apple lawyer Dunn said. “Epic wants us to be Android, but we don’t want to be.” Epic also is suing Google in a separate case accusing that company of illegally gouging apps through its Play store for Android devices. Michael Liedtke, The Associated Press

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Investment bank Wedbush believes that Apple will successfully defend its App Store polices in court in the Apple v. Epic Games legal battle.Investment bank Wedbush believes that Apple will successfully defend its App Store polices in court in the Apple v. Epic Games legal battle.

Apple likely to prevail and defend App Store in Epic trial, analyst says | AppleInsider

The federal court case in the US is being brought by Epic Games, maker of the popular video game Fortnite, and could last weeks.The federal court case in the US is being brought by Epic Games, maker of the popular video game Fortnite, and could last weeks.

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As part of the documents turning up in the ongoing Epic vs. Apple trial that commenced today, various details have leaked out about Epic’s planned road map for the game. Seemingly, when Apple and Epic were on better terms, the companies plotted a services bundle that would offer a bundle subscription of Fortnite Club (a […]

Apple and Epic once planned a subscription bundle combining Fortnite Crew, Apple Music, and Apple TV+ - 9to5Mac

Epic wants Apple to open up iPhone software distribution so it can use its own payment processor, bypassing Apple's customary 30% fee on digital goods.Epic wants Apple to open up iPhone software distribution so it can use its own payment processor, bypassing Apple's customary 30% fee on digital goods.

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A document pertinent to Epic Games’ lawsuit vs. Apple turned up a spreadsheet showing that Epic Games paid $11.6 million for 38 games it offered for free to anyone who signed up for an Epic Games Store account between December 2018 and September 2019. The program netted Epic 5 million new Epic Games Store accounts in that span, and account holders claimed more than 104 million copies of all the games on offer. Epic Games Store’s free games program continues into 2021.List turned up by Apple lawsuit says Epic paid $11.6M from December 2018 to September 2019

Epic v. Apple lawsuit reveals what Epic Games Store pays for free games - Polygon

As reported earlier, the bench trial between Epic Games and Apple was slated to begin today at 11:15 am EDT. However, it took the court a full...As reported earlier, the bench trial between Epic Games and Apple was slated to begin today at 11:15 am EDT. However, it took the court a full...

The Epic Games/Apple antitrust trial started with kids screaming and creating chaos | TechSpot

Apple today released iOS and iPadOS 14.5.1, minor security updates that come just a week after the release of the iOS 14.5 update. There is also a...Apple today released iOS and iPadOS 14.5.1, minor security updates that come just a week after the release of the iOS 14.5 update. There is also a...

Apple Releases iOS and iPadOS 14.5.1 With Fixes for App Tracking Transparency Bug, WebKit Security Issues - MacRumors

SAN FRANCISCO: While Apple chief Tim Cook touts the brand's App Store as an economic miracle, Fortnite-maker Epic Games says developers suffer under its tyranny.SAN FRANCISCO: While Apple chief Tim Cook touts the brand's App Store as an economic miracle, Fortnite-maker Epic Games says developers suffer under its tyranny.

Apple's App Store draws developer ire and legal challenge

Will Apple be required to allow its competitors more free reign on its platforms, or will there be more severe penalties involved, requiring the company to divest itself?Will Apple be required to allow its competitors more free reign on its platforms, or will there be more severe penalties involved, requiring the company to divest itself?

Apple breaks up advertising. When will the DOJ and the EU break up Apple? | ZDNet

Facebook is taking on Apple's new privacy updates by asking users to help keep the social media apps "free of charge".Starts displaying 'keep Facebook free' warning message on apps

Facebook really, really wants iOS 14.5 users to enable app tracking | TechRadar

Apple's App Store chief mulled cutting commissions on apps and in-app purchases a decade ago, according to evidence presented by Epic Games in its trial with Apple.Apple's App Store chief mulled cutting commissions on apps and in-app purchases a decade ago, according to evidence presented by Epic Games in its trial with Apple.

Phil Schiller suggested reduced App Store fees in 2011 | AppleInsider

A document released as an exhibit in the Apple v. Epic lawsuit that got underway Monday reveals that Epic dropped more than $11.6 million dollars on free games in the first nine months of its operation, between December 2018 and September 2019.GameDiscoverCo founder Simon Carless, who tweeted the image earlier today, explained that the document in question was one of several that were released prematurely: They weren't meant to go public until later in the trial, but were mistakenly included with Epic's documents, which were released today. All of the documents were quickly removed from the archive, but appear to have been restored since.The freebies attracted a lot of new users to the store, but only a tiny percentage of them ever ended up buying anything.

Epic spent more than $11M on free games in the first nine months of giveaways | PC Gamer

Fortnite maker questions motivations behind App Store policies while iPhone maker says Epic victory would hurt consumersFortnite maker questions motivations behind App Store policies while iPhone maker says Epic victory would hurt consumers

Epic, Apple trade shots in opening statements | GamesIndustry.biz

The revelations come from a new document submitted during Epic's landmark lawsuit against Apple.

Epic overestimated potential Fortnite esports revenues by $154 million in 2019 | Dot Esports

There were over 200 participants in the public line, many of them screaming 'free Fortnite.'There were over 200 participants in the public line, many of them screaming "free Fortnite."

Epic's Trial Against Apple Was Interrupted By Screaming Fortnite Fans

Fortnite is trending today in part due to the fact that the Epic Games vs Apple court case is now in full motion, but also because several epic leaks have surfaced on Twitter.

Epic Games vs Apple lawsuit results in massive Fortnite leaks becoming public for the first time

The chief executive of "Fortnite" creator Epic Games testified on Monday that he knew he was breaking Apple Inc's App Store rules by putting Epic's own in-app payment system into the game last year.The chief executive of "Fortnite" creator Epic Games testified on Monday that he knew he was breaking Apple Inc's App Store rules by putting Epic's own in-app payment system into the game last year.

Epic Games CEO cites Apple’s ‘total control’ over iPhones at first day of antitrust trial | Technology News,The Indian Express

The chief executive of "Fortnite" creator Epic Games testified on Monday that he knew he was breaking Apple Inc's App Store rules by putting Epic's own in-app payment system into the game last year.The chief executive of "Fortnite" creator Epic Games testified on Monday that he knew he was breaking Apple Inc's App Store rules by putting Epic's own in-app payment system into the game last year.

Epic Games CEO cites Apple’s ‘total control’ over iPhones at first day of antitrust trial | Technology News,The Indian Express

Free games are a chief attractor for the Epic Games Store versus Steam, but those doorbusters don't come cheap, regardless of how old a game is.Epic pays more for some freebies than others.

Fortnite Vs. Apple Trial Reveals Cost Of Free Games On Epic Store

The Fortnite developer claims Apple’s App Store stifles competition | The Economist explainsThe Fortnite developer claims Apple’s App Store stifles competition | The Economist explains

Why are Epic Games and Apple going to court? | The Economist

Epic says it's "suing for change." Apple says Epic "just doesn't want to pay."Epic says it's "suing for change." Apple says Epic "just doesn't want to pay."

Epic vs. Apple opening arguments suggest a bitter battle over iOS’ future | Ars Technica

Epic says it's "suing for change." Apple says Epic "just doesn't want to pay."Epic says it's "suing for change." Apple says Epic "just doesn't want to pay."

Epic vs. Apple opening arguments suggest a bitter battle over iOS’ future | Ars Technica

The antitrust trail's ultimate outcome could affect Apple's fast-growing App Store businessThe antitrust trail's ultimate outcome could affect Apple's fast-growing App Store business

Apple faces down ‘Fortnite’ creator Epic Games in major antitrust trial

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