In August, Apple removed Fortnite from the App Store after the game’s developer Epic Games released a new software update that allowed users to bypass Apple’s in-app payment system. Something that breaks the rules of the App Store. Epic Games has since sued Apple, accusing the company of having a monopoly. Epic Games has also requested that the court temporarily allow Fortnite to return to the App Store.
On Monday, the case was heard and both sides were allowed to present their arguments before Judge Yvonne Gonzales Rogers at the Northern California District. According to CNN Gonzales Rogers is said to have been skeptical of several of Epic’s claims and said several times that she was not convinced by the company’s arguments or their strategy.
Apple has argued that their approach looks like it does in part to protect users. Epic then said that it is a credible business that has existed for several years and does not pose a security threat. Judge Gonzales Rogers then said that the security issue is that Epic Games were dishonest when they deliberately violated the App Store’s rules.
As it stands now, the trial will take place in July 2021. According to Judge Gonzales Rogers, she would have preferred it to have taken place before a jury.
Neither Epic Games nor Apple have commented on it all.