The federal trial between Apple and Epic Games began on May 3rd, 2021. According to court documents, the businesses will argue over whether Apple’s 15% to 30% commissions for use of in-app payment systems amount to anti-competitive behavior.
More sketchy details are emerging about Playstation’s crossplay deal with Fortnite. According to emails from Epic Games, Sony saw crossplay as a “business liability.” Furthermore, the emails show that Sony “was only willing to adopt it after Epic agreed to a complicated cross-platform revenue-sharing agreement.”
Apple also won’t admit that the App Store is profitable. Apple Executive Phil Schiller said in court “I don’t know that it’s been profitable since 2009.” Company CEO Tim Cook said he does believe the App Store is profitable but says the organization has not actually calculated the profits made from the platform.
While the Epic Games Store has struggled since its inception, the organization still has hope for this platform. During a testimony, Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney said the store is “hundreds of millions of dollars short of being profitable.” Still, Sweeney expects the store to turn a profit “within three or four years,” according to The Wall Street Journal.
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