Apple v. Epic Games opening statements highlight tech antitrust arguments

Epic Games started its antitrust trial against Apple today with its argument about why Apple’s control of its App Store for mobile games and apps is an illegal monopoly. Apple responded with an opening statement that painted Epic Games as a big corporation that is overplaying the victim role.

The lawsuit started last August after Epic Games, the maker of the popular Fortnite battle royale blockbuster game, tried to circumvent Apple’s payment system and implement a discount for consumers that avoided Apple’s 30% fee for the App Store’s transactions. Apple kicked Epic’s game out of the App Store, and Epic sued for antitrust violations. (Epic Games also sued Google for similar reasons).