If it is up to the courts, the lawsuit between Apple and Epic Games will start in the summer of next year. The maker of the popular game Fortnite would rather not want a jury trial, but the judge thinks it is important to hear what society thinks about the conflict and therefore wants a jury.
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Apple vs Epic: Potential Lawsuit in 2021
That reports AppleInsider. Apple and Epic Games have until January 6 to provide relevant documents and other evidence. Lawyers of both parties must indicate by next Tuesday (October 6) whether they think there should be a jury at the trial or not.
The judge on duty, Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers, thinks it is a sensible idea to involve a jury. “This case is of great importance to future anti-trustconflicts and that is why I think it is important to know what society thinks about this. Do people worry about these issues, or not? ”Said Rogers.
Epic seems rather not to make a jury case of it. People see more future in an ‘ordinary’ court case led by a judge. It is not known what Apple wants. In the United States, it is possible to conduct court cases under the guidance of a jury, calling on citizens to express their views on the legal conflict.
A brief look back
How did we get to this point? Last August, Epic Games introduced its own payment system in the popular game Fortnite. This goes against the rules of the App Store, Apple’s digital app store, on which the game was removed. Epic introduced that payment system to bypass the mandatory 30 percent commission on in-app purchases, such as a new outfit for your Fortnite doll.
Then the game publisher sued the iPhone maker. Epic Games accuses Apple of monopoly behavior, among other things. In an earlier ruling, Judge Rogers stated that the game may remain blocked, but that Apple should not delete Epic Games’ developer account. The important Unreal Engine that is linked to this account is used by many games in the App Store.
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