A US federal judge criticized the decision of Epic Games to violate its contract with the iPhone manufacturer by sending a version of the Fortnite game with a special payment system to the App Store, which led to the removal of Camel The game from its app store.
Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers (Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers) From the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California to the arguments in the Fortnite game developer against Apple.
During a hearing with both companies, the judge expressed doubts about (Epic Games) arguments, in particular her claim that they did not pose a security threat to Apple; Because it is a reliable company and has been in the (iOS) App Store for years.
The judge clearly told the company several times at the hearing that she was not convinced of her arguments or strategy, and said: There are many people who consider you heroes of what you have done, but this behavior is dishonest.
The hearing, which lasted three hours, which was held on the (Zoom) platform, did not resolve any of the questions related to the monopoly lawsuit filed by (Epic Games) against Apple, including allowing the game to return temporarily to the store.
A decision is expected on this issue in the coming days, according to the New York Times.
The judge recommended that the case be referred to a jury trial in July of next year to settle these cases permanently.
It’s important to understand what real people think, and whether or not these security issues matter to people, Rogers said.
The judge was not convinced by the (Epic Games) argument that Apple had bundled the app store and in-app payment system together in violation of antitrust law.
The judge also said: It does not necessarily agree with (Epic Games) that Apple has harmed its ability to distribute Fortnite through its control of the App Store.
Epic Games’ attorneys acknowledged that the company had violated its agreement with Apple, but claimed that it was refusing to comply with an anti-competitive contract.
And the lawsuit between Apple and (Epic Games) has become a symbol for many developers dissatisfied with the iPhone manufacturer’s app store policies.
Last week, a group of companies, including Spotify and Tile, established a coalition for app fairness, with the aim of defending content makers’ fundamental rights to build apps and do business directly with their customers.