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Here’s All The Juicy Gossip From The Epic V Apple Lawsuit So Far


Games journalism Twitter (yes, it’s a thing) is having an absolute field day with the ongoing Epic V Apple trial, which is being broadcast to anyone who wants to listen — you just have to dial in. This is basically our version of The Bachelorette, full of twists, turns, betrayals, and leaked emails. It’s a wild ride.

In case you’re wondering what exactly the trial is about, it all pretty much boils down to Apple being a monopoly on iOS — unlike PC, where there’s Steam, the Epic Game Store, and (to name a few), developers have no choice between platforms to publish their game.

One of Apple's opening statement slides, showing that most stores charge 30%
One of Apple’s opening statement slides, showing that most stores charge 30%

What’s more, Apple actually charges a 30% commission to all developers, which they have no choice but to pay. That 30% seems to be pretty standard across the board for these kind of stores — which is actually one of Apple’s main lines of defence — but Epic disagreed with having to pay it.

Epic attempted to circumnavigate the commission by letting players of the freemium iOS version of Fortnite send their money directly to Epic, and Apple (and Google Play, but that’s a whole other ballgame) responded by removing the game from its service.

(This has been a lot to read so far, so here’s YouTuber Leviathan’s Fortnite-themed parody of American Boy to clear your palate. Enjoy having this in your head for the next week.)

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