The dispute between Apple and Epic Games has been dragging on for more than seven months – the spark was Epic’s decision in August last year to give Fortnite a
cheaper direct-payment option, bypassing the payment systems run by Apple and Google and leading to Apple
removing Fortnite from the App Store – but there is not long to wait for the trial to begin.
We now know that top executives from both companies will testify in the trial, in which Epic will accuse Apple of anticompetitive behaviour, reports
From Apple’s side, high-ranking officials including CEO Tim Cook, senior vice-president Craig Federighi and App Store manager Phil Schiller will testify. For Epic, CEO Tim Sweeney and vice-president Mark Rein will testify.
In addition, Microsoft’s vice president of Xbox business development and Facebook’s vice-president of gaming are expected to participate.
The longest stint time in the witness box is planned for Phil Schiller: a full 11 hours.
The trial is scheduled to begin on 3 May and is expected to last for several weeks.
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Macworld Sweden. Translation by David Price.