(ConservativeInsider.org) – Steve Jobs turned Apple into a technological empire with millions of adoring fans. But, as the tech giant only continues to grow, many are wondering if it has crossed the line from company to monopoly. This week, one videogame company has taken Apple to court over just this.
On Monday, May 3, the trial between Epic Games, the creator of Fortnite, a popular video game, and Apple began. Epic has charged Apple with running their App Store as a monopoly, thus forcing mobile apps to pay a 15% to 30% commission on their sales. Epic is accusing Apple’s store as being a “walled garden,” shared here by the independent news organization Stars and Stripes:
The federal court case is being brought by Epic Games, maker of the popular video game Fortnite. Epic wants to topple the so-called "walled garden" of the app store, which Apple started building 13 years ago. https://t.co/DfhKVkhG3d
— Stars and Stripes (@starsandstripes) May 3, 2021
The outcome of the trial will determine if Apple truly runs a monopoly with its App store and if developers must continue to lose a decent chunk of their profits to fees from the tech giant. The case is expected to last a few weeks and will likely be appealed once a verdict is reached. It’s worth keeping an eye on this tech case as it could greatly determine the future of applications all across different platforms.
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