Tim Cook and Tim Sweeney among potential witnesses for Apple/Epic trial

Tim Cook and Tim Sweeney among potential witnesses for Apple/Epic trial

The list of proposed witnesses filed by Apple for the upcoming trial against game-maker Epic reads like who the executives of the two companies are. Drag-out fighting mobile apps can prove a waterlogged moment better than paying. Both sides were at loggerheads in August last year when the Fortnite maker was pulled out of the App Store after adding a game payment system designed to overtake Apple, including cutting Apple’s profile. Epic has accused Apple of having a monopoly on mobile payments.

Apple, meanwhile, argued that Epic had breached the App Store agreement to increase its revenue. Filed late at night by the hardware giant, the document includes the top executives on the bot side. For Apple, the list includes CEO Tim Cook, software engineering SVP Craig Federighi and Apple Fellow Phil Schiller. At Team Epic, it is Tim Sweeney and VP Mark Rain. Executives from Microsoft, Facebook and NVIDIA are also included for better measurement. 

Apple notes in a statement to TechCrunch, Our senior executives look forward to sharing with the court the positive impact that the App Store has had on the last 12 years, on the global economy and on the customer experience. 

We feel confident the lawsuit will prove that Epic intentionally violated its agreement only to increase its revenue, which resulted in their removal from the App Store. In doing so, Epic resisted the App Store’s security features in a way that could reduce competition and put customers’ privacy and data security at grave risk. The trial expected to begin on May 3 and we have reached out to Epic for additional comments.

Drag-out fighting mobile apps can prove a waterlogged moment better than paying. Both sides were at loggerheads in August last year when the Fortnite maker was pulled out of the App Store after adding a game payment system designed to overtake Apple, including cutting Apple’s profile. Epic has accused Apple of having a monopoly on mobile payments.

We feel confident the lawsuit will prove that Epic intentionally violated its agreement only to increase its revenue, which resulted in their removal from the App Store. In doing so, Epic resisted the App Store’s security features in a way that could reduce competition and put customers’ privacy and data security at grave risk. The trial expected to begin on May 3 and we have reached out to Epic for additional comments.

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