Apple’s court case with Epic Games begins Monday. In a case that could have far-reaching consequences, US District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers will decide whether Apple should allow Fortnite to return to the App Store and make Epic’s payment option available. Additionally, it will provide a decision on Apple’s ability to block third-party apps that use Epic’s Unreal Engine development software.
Apple and Epic Games meet in court
The judge ultimately must decide where Epic’s antitrust claims are likely to be successful and whether or not he will suffer irreparable harm without an injunction. However, “Epic faces a tough battle,” Mark Lemley, a professor at Stanford Law School, told Bloomberg News. “Apple’s pricing policies are problematic and antitrust law should probably do something about it. But the courts are very reluctant to establish who a company should do business with, even a monopolist. “
The controversy centers on how Apple takes fees for in-app purchases in its App Store. Any decision could also impact Google’s ability to claim similar fees from its Play Store.