Apple Inc. reportedly generated at least $100 million in revenue, and maybe even more, from Fortnite’s month long-run on the App Store. Recent news has revealed the same, thus creating another turn in the epic battle of Fortnite vs Apple, according to testimony from the iPhone maker about its income from the business at the heart of an antitrust trial with Epic Games Inc.
Apple and Epic Games had previously met in court to decide one of the most consequential antitrust arguments in the history of the tech industry. The trial has been nearly a year in the proceedings, following Apple’s removal of Fortnite from the App Store in August 2020.
Let’s learn more about the Fortnite vs Apple battle and why it is one of the most epic battles of the century, now claiming to have a turn of events after it is proved Apple has made at least 100 million dollars off the commissions from Fortnite.
Fortnite vs Apple – $100 Million in Commissions From ‘Fortnite’
Apple faced one of its most serious legal threats in recent years; a trial that threatens to upend its rock-hard control over the App Store, which brings in billions of dollars each year while feeding more than 1.6 billion iPhones, iPads, and other devices. Epic, on the other hand, is an American video game and software developer and publisher based in Cary, North Carolina, also earning whopping billions from its game proceedings.
It came to the public’s eyes when this revenue figure made by Apple was disclosed when Michael Schmid, an Apple employee in charge of App Store business development for games, was questioned on the witness stand Wednesday in federal court in Oakland, California. Apparently, Schmid didn’t cooperate and did not specify any exact amount, declining to say if the revenue was more than $200 million, saying it would be inappropriate to share that information.
Michael Schmid, Apple’s head of game business development for the App Store, took the stand during the third week of an antitrust trial in federal court in Oakland, California. Here’s more perspective on the epic battle of Fortnite vs Apple:
Epic Games had filed an initial antitrust lawsuit against Apple in August. Apple removed Fortnite from the App Store following Epic’s introduction of a direct payment option in Fortnite that subverted Apple’s 30% fee. Apple has filed a countersuit, claiming Epic violated its terms of service by not paying the 30% and is seeking reparations.
As the battle of Fortnite vs Apple continues, no matter who the lady of justice lean-to, we can expect the relationship between the two to be bitter hereafter.