At its heart, the legal spat between Apple and 'Fortnite' maker Epic Games is about whether or not the iPhone is a computer
Appleand "Fortnite" maker Epic Gamesare fighting in court over how the App Store works.
- Lawyers for the two companies presented their opening remarks on Monday, which laid out their cases.
- At the heart of the fight is a fundamental disagreement on whether or not the
iPhoneis a computer.
Apple and "Fortnite" maker
Monday was the first day of what's expected to be a weeks-long court battle between the two American companies, and lawyers from Apple and Epic laid out their main arguments through lengthy opening remarks presentations.At the heart of the fight is a philosophical disagreement on the nature of the iPhone: Epic argues it's a computer, while Apple argues it's fundamentally distinct. That argument is critical because of how the App Store operates, with Apple acting as the sole arbiter of what can and cannot be published on the iPhone.
On the contrary, Epic's lawyer argued, the "walled garden" of the App Store isn't intended for security: "It's about business," Katherine Forrest of
Apple's lawyers pointed to other digital storefronts, like the wildly popular Steam, as having established the 30% precedent.
"Apple did not establish the 30%," Apple's lawyer Karen Dunn said. "It was Steam, another game platform, that set the 30% in 2003, and by the time Apple entered the market in 2008 the 30% was, as Epic's internal documents will show, industry standard."Having asserted their cases, lawyers for both sides also began calling witnesses on Monday afternoon. Epic CEO Tim Sweeney began questioning, and will continue being questioned on Tuesday as the trial continues.
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