Two major companies that have not been on the best of terms with each other since last year, namely Apple and Epic Games, have suddenly compiled their own lists of "potential witnesses to the Epic Games lawsuit" over anti-competitive practices that the App Store has been conducting for many years. And what is interesting is that these very" witnesses " were identified by the leaders of the two giants.
Authoritative publications in the face of TechCrunch and MacRumors report that Apple wants its CEO in the person of Tim Cook, senior vice president of software, Craig Federighi, as well as the former head of marketing, Phil Schiller, to give their testimony together in this case. Meanwhile, the heads of Epic Games, namely Tim Sweeney, along with Mark Rein, will also be among those invited to the stand to testify. But it is also worth noting that the hearing will also include third-party witnesses from such major tech companies as, for example, NVIDIA, Facebook and Microsoft.
Epic Games wants Tim Sweeney and Mark Rein, as well as some other employees of the company, to give their testimony, along with Apple's Eddie Cue and Scott Forstall, the former head of iOS software against Apple. Meanwhile, in its official statement, Apple claims that its executives are going to demonstrate the" very positive impact " of the App Store on the entire industry as a whole, and show that Epic Games actually violated the agreement with the store solely for the sake of increasing its profits.
Apple also claims that Epic Games has resorted to circumventing the App Store's security features in a way that could reduce competition, not increase it. And in general, it sounds quite strange against the background of the fact that it was Apple that removed the Fortnite game from its store for introducing an additional method of buying in-game currency, which should just increase competition. Meanwhile, representatives of Epic Games have already stated that the collective opposition to Apple's policy today "has become even louder", compared to what was at the very beginning. While providing their comments on this case, Epic Games is going to show the need to strengthen competition, and that Apple is actively preventing this. The trial is scheduled to begin on May 3.