Epic Games will now reportedly not call on Facebook’s Vivek Sharma to testify in the company’s lawsuit against Apple. Court filings show that the executive did not appear on the witness list ahead of the Apple-Epic Games trial.
In late March, Epic Games filed a complaint against Apple through a British regulator. The company reportedly filed a complaint with Britain’s competition regulator demanding an investigation into Apple’s “anti-competitive behavior.”
Apple and Epic Games field dueling position statements with the court on April 8th ahead of the trial in Oakland, California. Epic Games says that Apple represents its own distinct market for software developers. Meanwhile, Apple says consumers have choices in carrying out video game transactions, including purchasing virtual tokens from game developers on other platforms.
The federal trial between Apple and Epic Games began on May 3rd, 2021. The businesses will argue over whether Apple’s 15% to 30% commissions for use of in-app payment systems amount to anti-competitive behavior.