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On the second day of the Apple antitrust trial, the judge pressed Epic Games CEO on how the fundamental changes his company is demanding on the Apple App Store would affect the livelihoods of millions of developers who build software for Apple devices.
The trial started on Monday, in the US district court of Northern District of California. Headed by Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers will continue for three weeks. Epic sued Apple for charging the commission of up to 30% on in-app purchases and conducting App Store reviews. Epic alleged Apple abused its power over the software developers who want to reach its 1 billion iPhone.
Epic wants Apple to allow users to put third-party software on Apple App Store with relaxation to its in-app payment rules. These changes should apply to all the apps on the Apple App store and not just Fortnite.
On Tuesday, Tim Sweeney, CEO, Epic Games was asked by the judge if he was aware of the economics of running other apps such as food apps, dating apps, or instant messaging apps. His answer to this was a no.
Judge Rogers further asked if he has any idea how his demands would impact any of the developers who engage in those other categories of apps and if they were justified.
To this Tim Sweeney said he personally does not know. He also said users faced issues while making purchases in the Fortnite game outside the native applications.
The judge further asked Epic CEO, if his company desired to be free of Apple App Store, in-app purchase requirements meant it wanted the Fortnite user base. This according to him included young users to have access to impulse purchases.
Further, the judge asked Sweeny through layers of plexiglass separating the witness booth from the bench, if he was asking for its ability to make impulse purchases.
Tim Sweeny replied with a yes, saying customer convenience is a huge factor in this.