Microsoft and 30 US organizations support Epic Games in its fight against Apple

About thirty United States organizations and state representatives, including the technology company Microsoftpresented a series of reports that support Epic Games in its current legal battle against appeal.

In order to demonstrate that Apple has a monopoly on the distribution and payments in applications of iOSthe so-called ‘amicus curiae’ was submitted, which are documents that provide data to the investigation, the senders of which are not directly involved in the said case.

In addition to Microsoftamong the signatories is Attorney General of various states of the country and Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), the leading non-profit organization dedicated to defending privacy and civil liberties in the digital world.

These representatives submitted their general unsolicited opinion before the Court of Appeal, where the judge may or may not uphold the order, to verify that the manufacturer of iPhone maintains a monopoly on its mobile application store.

“Apple’s actions have harmed and harmed developers of mobile applications and millions of citizens,” the text reads, citing signatories that the company “continues to monopolize the distribution of applications and payment solutions within the application, reducing competition and racking smother.competitive profits increase in the smartphone industry.

The signatories argue that the first section of the Sherman Antitrust Act, the first measure developed in the United States to curb monopolies, stipulates that companies do not have the power to agree on prices to harm others.

Similarly, Article 2 of this regulation states that a company holding a dominant position cannot take unilateral steps to create a monopoly, something which the manufacturer of appeal with by entering into unilateral contracts with the application developers available in the App Store.

“Paradoxically, companies with sufficient market power to impose contracts unilaterally will be protected from antitrust investigations, especially those companies whose activities provide the greatest cause for concern for the antitrust system,” the attorney general and other signatories to the document said. pointed out.

It should be remembered that the dispute between Apple and the developer of Supply It started in 2020, when the latter introduced an alternative payment system rather than that of the US manufacturer’s app store.

With the implementation of this service, Apple stopped gaining commissions benefits, and so it continued to totally scrap Epic applications from its platform.

So far, Apple has not allowed Epic to return to its application store.salthough it is possible to access the video game through a beta version from your web browser, Safari.

In September 2021, the verdict on this legal battle was announced, where the judges ruled that both companies had their responsibilities. On the one hand, Epic Games awarded the payment to Apple for terminating the contract with its application store and launching a payment system in Fortnite.

In this case, the recovery corresponds to the payment of 30% of the income obtained between August and October 2020 through its own payment gateway, Epic Direct Payment, whereby 30% of the income obtained between 1 November 2020 and until on date of this judgment.

On the other hand, the ruling indicates that Apple “is prohibited from preventing developers from including external links in their applications or other actions that lead to purchasing mechanisms.” This way you should allow the existence of alternative payment gates to yours as an additional option in the applications.

After decision, Epic Games and Apple has decided to appeal the ruling to be reviewed by a higher court, a process that is still open. Changes to the App Store will have to wait until these appeals end.

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