What you need to know
- Counsel for Apple has gone after Epic Games and its decision to host itch.io on the Epic Games Store.
- Apple's lawyers asked Steve Allison why it hosted itch.io when it contained games with names that were "both offensive and sexualized".
Lawyers for Apple have slammed Epic Games and its decision to host itch.io on its Epic Games Store, claiming the platform hosts unspeakable titles that are "both offensive and sexualized".
During cross-examination on day five of the trial, counsel for Apple asked Steve Allison, VP and general manager of the Epic Games Store, about the store within a store. An excerpt from a transcript put together by The Verge states:
Lawyers went on to seek confirmation Epic was distributing the Itch.io store through Epic Games, and that the apps on the platform are reviewed by Itch.io, not Epic Games itself.
After some legal gymnastics about whether Epic was hosting the store or the content, Judge Rogers chimed in to ask Allison whether the apps could or could not be accessed through the Epic Games Store. Allison replied "You cannot access those apps through the Epic Games Store, no. You can access those apps through their application, which that is what we are downloading: Itch.io, which is an app store. [Users] have their own account with them, and you use their store and are subject to their end user agreement."
Judge Rogers pressed Allison, asking if an Epic Games Store was on a phone, whether she could download "all of this offensive material":
Kellen Browning of The New York Times, Friday's court reporter said the argument from Apple about the danger of app stores within app stores seemed to resonate with the judge.
Itch.io was added to the Epic Games store last month on desktop, itch.io stating they thought it was a "funny idea" but also "a good opportunity to potentially expose a lot more people to itch.io, as the EGS has a pretty large audience.
The platform clapped back at Apple as these questions emerged, taking to Twitter to mock the idea:
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