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SAN FRANCISCO: Epic Games and Apple clashed Thursday April 8 in legal filings ahead of trial over whether to break the iPhone maker’s grip on the App Store.

Epic, the creator of the hugely popular Fortnite game, accused Apple of trapping people in its world of mobile devices and collecting “outsized commissions” from the App Store which serves as the sole source of digital content.

Apple retorted that it does not have a monopoly on digital games and that the lawsuit was part of Epic’s effort to portray “Apple as the ‘bad guy’ so it can rekindle interest in Fortnite. “.

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Apple pulled Fortnite from its App Store in August last year after Epic released an update that avoids revenue sharing with the iPhone maker, and companies are now locked in a legal battle.

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A trial in the case is scheduled to begin on May 3 in a US federal court near San Francisco.

Apple chief Tim Cook, as well as Epic founder and chief executive Tim Sweeney, are among those expected to testify.

“Apple has built the iOS ecosystem, using a combination of technical and contractual means, to restrict the distribution of iOS applications, exclude competition, harm the competitive process and harm consumers,” Epic argued in a filing.

IOS software runs Apple mobile devices.

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The App Store is home to over 1.8 million apps worldwide, generating billions of dollars in developer revenue since its launch in 2008.

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People spent $ 70.3 billion on the App Store last year alone, according to Market Tracker Statista.

Apple’s commission on App Store transactions ranges from 15% to 30%, and the online store is part of the Silicon Valley titan’s effort to increase revenue from digital content and services.

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Epic called the bite of App Store transactions an “Apple tax” and argued that app verification there was “superficial.”

Apple maintains that the commission is standard for the market and is justified given the company’s investments in security, privacy and innovation.

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He argued that Epic “would like to enjoy the benefits of the App Store without paying anything for them.”

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Apple said Epic benefited from the iOS ecosystem with some 130 million downloads in 174 countries, which earned Epic more than half a billion dollars, before changing the setting and requesting “treatment. special”.

The dispute comes with Apple and other tech giants facing closer scrutiny of their dominance in various economic sectors, allowing them to grow even as much of the economy contracts under the impact of the pandemic. coronavirus.

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