Apple says Epic helping its case with witnesses and irrelevant issues

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What you need to know

  • The first week of the Apple vs Epic Games trial wraps up today.
  • A new report from Bloomberg cites an Apple representative stating Epic has wasted time in court discussing irrelevant issues.
  • It also states that Epic has called witnesses that have been "helpful to Apple's story".

A new report from Bloomberg seems to indicate that Apple thinks it has come out on top of the first week of the Apple vs Epic Games trial.

Mark Gurman writes:

This week, it seems that Epic hasn't been able to prove that the obligatory use of Apple's payment system constitutes an abuse of monopolistic power, and it hasn't shown that Apple is engaging in serious anti-competitive behavior. The testimonies from Epic's side don't appear to have moved the needle.

Embedded in the report is also a note that an Apple representative stated that Epic was "spending its time in court on irrelevant issues and continues to call witnesses that are helpful to Apple's story"

Epic witnesses include Microsoft's Lori Wright, whose testimony Apple has filed to have labeled as not credible today because of claims documents to back up her testimony were not submitted. In a motion to the court, Apple said Wright had proven Microsoft had a financial incentive to support Epic, but that Apple had been forced to cross-examine her "with one arm tied behind its back".

Interestingly, Gurman notes in his story that Epic's crusade could still have an impact even if it doesn't win the case, with the trial serving as fresh motivation for Apple to improve conditions for developers.

Day five of the trial will kick off with continued testimony from Apple's Trystan Kosmynka before Epic Games' Steven Allison and Matthew Weissinger take the stand.

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