What you need to know
- The Epic Games v. Apple legal battle begins today.
- Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney will take to the stand today.
After months of waiting the Epic Games v. Apple legal battle kicks off today. Set to get underway at 8:15am PT/11:15am ET, the trial will see Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers tasked with deciding whether Apple or Epic is in the wrong and to what degree. Epic claims Apple's App Store policies violate antitrust laws, while Apple says Epic broke its App Store developer agreement.
Which, if either, of the pair is right remains to be seen but we do expect some interesting tidbits to come out of the whole mess. That could start today, with Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney set to take the stand right out of the gate once opening arguments are dealt with. I'm also told that Andrew Grant, Engineering Fellow at Epic Games could be called depending on the amount of time left. Given Sweeney's Twitter rants, he could be on the stand for a while!
The early days of Apple played a profound role in shaping my life and views on computing. Every Apple ][+ booted up to the BASIC programming language, and everyone was free to create and share software, and to grow businesses on their own volition. pic.twitter.com/MOkqhHCWuSThe early days of Apple played a profound role in shaping my life and views on computing. Every Apple ][+ booted up to the BASIC programming language, and everyone was free to create and share software, and to grow businesses on their own volition. pic.twitter.com/MOkqhHCWuS— Tim Sweeney (@TimSweeneyEpic) May 2, 2021May 2, 2021
We'll be following along with the rest of you to see how this whole mess shakes out. Regardless of how Apple and Epic conduct themselves here, I don't expect any sweeping changes to come out of this trial. That'll be for the US government to get involved in and, if Epic does pick up the dub here, that might be the next port of call.
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Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.
Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.