Epic Games Inc. used Apple Inc.’s private survey of developers to show that the creator of Fortnite isn’t alone when it comes to beating this up Appstore.
An unidentified developer complained that the store “is plagued by outdated, low-quality apps that make it harder for higher-quality apps to get the awareness they need”. Another wrote, “They tend to only use indie apps and apps that spend or make the most of the money.” A third said: “I am satisfied as a consumer. As a developer, it’s a nightmare. “
Epic’s attorney confronted App Store boss Matt Fischer on the fourth day of a federal court case with survey comments about the game maker’s claims Apple operates its marketplace like a monopoly, defrauding developers and consumers alike. Fischer is among several senior Apple executives who testify at the three-week trial.
Apple said the purpose of the survey was to seek constructive criticism to help the iPhone maker improve the store – and Epic chose to pick negative comments. Apple’s attorney declined to read the poll comments in court, but US District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers overruled him.
When asked by Apple’s attorney on Thursday, Fischer said his team was working hard to make the App Store “attractive to both customers and developers over whom we have no control.”
On Friday, Epic will call the manager of its own app store to the witness stand to show how its policies differ from Apple’s.
The Oakland, Calif. Trial comes as Apple faces billions of dollars in revenue from global regulators and some app developers who say the standard 30% App Store fee and other policies are unfair and self-conscious -Portion.
The battle with Epic blew up in August when the game maker announced to customers that it would replace Apple’s in-app purchase system with its own to bypass Apple’s commissions through add-ons within Fortnite. Apple then removed the game and blocked access to more than a billion customers.
Apple, which vehemently denies having abused its market power, has called Epic’s legal gambit a “fundamental attack” on a business model that benefits both developers and consumers.