Epic CEO: Apple has lost all sight of the tech industry's founding principles
What you need to know
- Apple seeks damages relating to Epic's breach of contract by circumventing the App Store's IAP system.
- Apple says Epic's lawsuit is a "disagreement over money".
- Epic's CEO has hit back.
It's all kicking off between Apple and Epic again, with the latter's CEO taking to Twitter to accuse the former of losing "all sight of the tech industry's founding principles".
This came after Apple sought damages for breach of contract. The move came after Fortnite added an in-app purchase system that bypassed the App Store last month. It's been a constant legal spat ever since, with Epic CEO Tim Sweeney taking exception to the latest claims coming out of Cupertino.
Presumably they're just posturing for the court, but if Apple truly believes the fight over the App Store's distribution and payment monopoly is a "basic disagreement over money," then they've lost all sight of the tech industry's founding principles.https://t.co/349RHLqKYaPresumably they're just posturing for the court, but if Apple truly believes the fight over the App Store's distribution and payment monopoly is a "basic disagreement over money," then they've lost all sight of the tech industry's founding principles.https://t.co/349RHLqKYa— Tim Sweeney (@TimSweeneyEpic) September 9, 2020September 9, 2020
Sweeney linked to an Engadget piece that quoted Apple saying that Epic's lawsuit was "nothing more than a basic disagreement over money". Sweeney disagrees.
In fairness to the Epic CEO, he has been making a point of late that Epic is doing this for all developers, not just the multi-billion dollar company he works for.
Whether that's actually the case or not, it's clear the relationship between Epic/Sweeney and Apple is done at this point. Epic has been on-stage at Apple media events – that's probably not happening again any time soon!
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No Timmy. YOU don’t understand how laws and contracts work. YOU signed a contract, presumably after having your lawyers read it. YOU then decided to violate the terms of that contract. What, exactly, did you think was going to happen? You have no chance of winning this case, because YOU are the guilty party here. Throwing public temper tantrums is not going to impress any judge. Shut your pie hole and start acting like an adult.