Apple, CEOs of Epic Video games on the listing of witnesses within the Fortnite case


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(Reuters) – Apple Inc (NASDAQ 🙂 and Epic Games have listed their directors as potential witnesses in a case between the iPhone maker and the video game developer via the App Store payment system, court documents showed.

Apple and Epic Games, developers of the popular game Fortnite, have been in a lawsuit since last year when Epic Games tried to avoid a 30% fee on the App Store by introducing their own in-app payment system. The move prompted Apple to ban Fortnite from its business.

In addition to CEO Tim Cook, Apple also named software chief Craig Federighi and App Store vice president Matt Fischer on a preliminary list of witnesses presented to the US District Court in the northern district of the Oakland Division, California. A copy of this has been viewed by Reuters.

Epic Games listed its founder and CEO Tim Sweeney, its game store manager Steve Allison, and Thomas Ko, head of online business strategy, among its own witnesses to the process.

"The chorus of developers speaking out against Apple and its anti-competitive practices has become louder," Epic Games said in a statement.

Apple didn't respond to a Reuters request for comment, but said in a statement to Bloomberg that it was "confident the case will prove that Epic intentionally violated its agreement just to increase its revenue."

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