The grand Apple-Epic court case is one of the most important legal showdowns in video game history. It also gets a lot of very fun and interesting looks at how these billion dollar companies do business behind the scenes.
Epic instigated the lawsuit back in 2020I believe that the 30% reduction in sales Apple took from games (extremely popular like Epics) Fourteen days) and the restrictions imposed on other companies making in-app purchases on their own titles were unfair.
After trying to bypass Apple’s in-store payment system with an updated version of Fourteen daysEpic’s flagship shooter has been removed from the App Store and Apple counterclaimed alleging that the bypass violated the terms of Epic’s contract with Apple.
The trial itself, which began May 3, seeks to settle both questions, with the ruling potentially having a tremendous impact not only on Apple’s relationship with Epic, but also on the precedent it could set for the way how games are sold and managed on other online marketplaces as well.
Below is a full summary of our coverage of the case, with additions as we move forward (if you’re mobile, tap the heading to move on to the linked story).
You know how a lawyer in courtroom dramas asks someone if they can point out an important piece of evidence and slowly lifts a finger before saying, “This … it was Exhibit B”? In a very fun thing that happened earlier today, Epic boss Tim Sweeney was asked to do just that, only for a number of video game consoles.
As long as capitalism remains the law of the country, nothing in this world is free – not even “free” video games. However, by giving it away, Epic managed to lure new users into its fledgling store for next to nothing. So there is much to be said for the appearance of free material.
While The documents and emails published as part of the Epic v Apple case are often important and full of detailed information. I love seeing those billionaire managers being forced to embarrassingly apologize when their business fails.
As the search of Epic’s court documents continues, another figure pops out: $ 1 billion – the amount Epic had spent securing exclusive products through 2019.
As the bizarre world battle between Epic and Apple begins its second day in court, more extraordinary information is released in court documents. For example, how Epic Take-Two / Gearbox paid one hundred and fifteen million dollars for the exclusive rights to sell Borderlands 3.
Today, the process between Epic and Apple began after nearly nine months of legal filing and pre-trial hearings. New documents emerged during the legal process that provided more data on how these companies were functioning. For example, we now know that Fortnite made $ 9,165,000,000 in two years.
Is there any porn on the Epic Games Store? Seems like a pretty simple yes or no question. Today, however, the current increasingly controversial The Epic v Apple court case showed us that it is indeed possible to have a nearly 10-minute argument about it.
During Apple’s cross-examination with Steven Allison, general manager of the Epic Games Store, Apple’s attorney walked bit by bit through the Epic Games Store. Apple’s attorney not only said game titles like Warframe and Necromunda: Hired Gun as if they were normal human words, but also pointed to a blatant, perhaps even fatal, discrepancy in the store.
On Wednesday, Lori Wright, vice president of Xbox business development, testified in the ongoing Epic-Apple trial. Now Apple wants the court to make a “negative credibility statement” as Microsoft withholds relevant documents in their testimony.
As part of the ongoing Epic litigation against Apple, Apple attorney Rich Doren asked a very important question today during cross-examination of Epic engineer Andrew Grant over a Minecraft Earth-related email chain between Epic employees.
Another day, a new set of very fun and insightful documents released as part of Apple’s lawsuit against Epic. For tonight we have an email from Epics Tim Sweeney to Apple CEO Tim Cook for 2015 in which one executive makes a passionate plea for market reform and the other says, “Who is this man?”
An email between Tim Sweeney, CEO of Epic, and Phil Spencer, CEO of Xbox, released today as part of Epic’s ongoing trial against Apple, reveals Sweeney trying to trick Spencer into trying to get the “Free- Bringing out to-play multiplayer behind the Xbox Live paywall coincides with Epic’s war on the App Store.
According to internal documents filed against Apple in the ongoing Epic Games case, Microsoft plans to reduce the reduction in digital downloads in Xbox console storage from 30% to 12%.
It is very important for Nintendo that publishers do not work for the yakuza
After a delay due to technical problems that led to it a conference call full of screaming Fortnite kids, the long awaited Lawsuit against Epic vs. Apple is finally underway this week. As part of the process, Nintendo provided documents that contained a publisher’s contract – although “Include” could honestly be a stretch.