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Apple, Epic Games CEOs on list of witnesses in Fortnite case

Stock MarketsMar 20, 2021 02:25PM ET
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(Reuters) - Apple Inc (NASDAQ:AAPL) and Epic Games have listed their chief executive officers as potential witnesses in a case between the iPhone maker and the video game developer over the App Store payment system, court documents showed.

Apple and Epic Games, creator of the popular game Fortnite, have been in a legal battle since last year, when Epic Games tried to avoid a 30% App Store fee by launching its own in-app payment system. The move prompted Apple to ban Fortnite from its store.

In addition to CEO Tim Cook, Apple also named software chief Craig Federighi and App Store Vice President Matt Fischer on a tentative list of witnesses submitted to the U.S. District Court Northern District of California Oakland Division, a copy of which was seen by Reuters.

Epic Games listed its founder and CEO Tim Sweeney, its game store manager Steve Allison, and Thomas Ko, head of online business strategy, among its own witnesses for the trial.

"The chorus of developers speaking out against Apple and their anticompetitive practices has become louder," Epic Games said in a statement.

Apple did not respond to a Reuters request for comment, but told Bloomberg in a statement that it felt "confident the case will prove that Epic purposefully breached its agreement solely to increase its revenues."

Apple, Epic Games CEOs on list of witnesses in Fortnite case
 

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AmericaIsKing oftheGalaxy
AmericaIsKing oftheGalaxy Mar 21, 2021 12:05AM ET
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Epic Games is saying if I wanted to put a billboard on your house than I don't have the right to do it, but I get to decide how much I want to pay you. What a joke.
Kaveh Sun
Kaveh Sun Mar 20, 2021 4:04PM ET
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In apple defense, google does the same. In developers defense, 30% cut of purchases, subscription is highway r/o/b/ery by big tech
RichUncle Pennybags
RichUncle Pennybags Mar 20, 2021 4:04PM ET
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No its not. Its no different then if i wanted to put an advertisement on your car. You get to charge whatever you want for that.
RichUncle Pennybags
RichUncle Pennybags Mar 20, 2021 2:32PM ET
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No, the majority chinese owned company Epic Games doesnt have a right to force their content on apple hardware for prices they set. This is the most communist/super socialist/anti capitalist law suit ever by Epic Games and their Chinese Tencent owners.
Timur Grets
Timur Grets Mar 20, 2021 2:32PM ET
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you're right. but you, as an investor, can take advantage of this. when apple shares plunge to $ 115 due to these ships. buy yourself more and more. because apple has ambitious plans for the future and in 1.5-2 years you will receive profit + $ 47 ~ 53 per share
Bruno Silva
Bruno Silva Mar 20, 2021 2:32PM ET
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This is false. Tencent privately set a minor investment in Epic Games, they do not OWN Epic Games. Tencent owns 100% of League of Legends and Riot Games and we see nobody complaining.
AmericaIsKing oftheGalaxy
AmericaIsKing oftheGalaxy Mar 20, 2021 2:32PM ET
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Bruno Silva Tencent has a majority position in the company, owning well over 40%
Bruno Silva
Bruno Silva Mar 20, 2021 2:32PM ET
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In which world 40% is "majority"? Tim Sweeney is the owner of Epic Games.
Dave Jones
Dave Jones Mar 20, 2021 12:19PM ET
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Tim cook typifies brain dead corporate America devoid of ideas and ***innovation
Timur Grets
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oooo my friend, are you from china 🇨🇳 too? Welcome
Dave Jones
Dave Jones Mar 20, 2021 12:19PM ET
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I'm not but the best they come up with is spending money on stock buybacks and evading corporate taxes. Great American capitalist values
Matt Brackley
Matt Brackley Mar 20, 2021 10:34AM ET
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tim cook will be responsible for apples fall
Zeb Fullmer
Zeb Fullmer Mar 20, 2021 10:34AM ET
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hope he is but apple isn't falling. he has done nothing for apple. aapl needs new leadership.
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China ? Or Russia ? where a you ?
 
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