At a hearing today, Apple and Epic Games will kick off a court battle that could change the way you download Candy Crush forever.
The backstory: In August, Fortnite maker Epic launched an attack against Apple that will go down as the Lexington and Concord of this revolution. It introduced a feature on Fortnite that sidestepped Apple’s 30% cut on in-app purchases, knowing that Apple (and later Google) would pull the game from their app stores for breaking the rules. Then came a flurry of lawsuits.
- That removal is the subject of the hearing today, but the judge is not expected to reinstate Fortnite in the app store, according to Bloomberg.
Why it matters: When you think about “monopolies,” you probably conjure up images of industrial barons like John D. Rockefeller. Today’s version of that is Apple’s App Store, a critical gateway to the digital economy but one that charges George Washington Bridge-like tolls to access, say critics. Apple, however, says its fees reflect the value it provides to developers and consumers.
Looking ahead…a resolution could be years away, but will have consequences for app store policies across the world.
Via Morning Brew