A U.S. judge has ordered Apple CEO Tim Cook and the company’s chief software officer Craig Federighi to testify in the case of Epic Games’ lawsuit against Apple. Apple will also assist with requested documents detailing how the App Store works, reports Apple Insider.
In August 2020, Epic Games’ game Fortnite was banned from Apple’s App Store after the developer released a version that deliberately circumvented the store’s payment rules. Epic Games then sued Apple and now accuses the company of having a monopoly.
Apple has said Tim Cook will attend the trial but requested that his testimony be limited to four hours. Apple also requested that Craig Federighi be replaced by Eric Neuenshwander, who was considered more appropriate as he is in charge of the App Store and is accountable to Craig Cederighi.
The judge has denied both requests and said that Tim Cook’s possible time limit will be decided only after Epic has received the requested documents from Apple. According to the referee’s decision, Craig Federighi also needs to attend if Epic Games sees it as more significant. In the event that Epic Games is wrong, it is up to them.
The trial is expected to begin in July 2021.