It’s hard to believe it’s only been seven months since Apple started Fortnite off the App Store and Epic Games sprung the trap against trust, but you don’t have to wait much longer before the legal tools behind the scenes deliver courtroom drama – and, apparently, until a major Apple and Epic officials stand by.
In a legal filing Friday afternoon, Apple revealed that CEO Tim Cook, SVP Craig Federighi, and former head of marketing and App Store head Phil Schiller plan to testify live and in person in the courtroom, among others many other skeptical witnesses. Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney and VP Mark Rein should also be in attendance, as well as VP of Facebook games, Microsoft VP of Xbox business development, and several directors on both sides.
Schiller is expected to spend the most time on standing the long testimony at about 11 hours of scrutiny and revision, which makes sense. Not only has he been in charge of the App Store which is at the heart of the matter, but some of his emails and the emails of his subordinates have been under scrutiny – both for this case and in last year’s high-tech antitrust hearing concluded by the House Review Committee concluding that “Apple is using monopoly power in the mobile app store market.”
Apple says its executives are “looking forward to sharing with the court”:
Our senior executives look forward to sharing with the court the positive impact the App Store has had on innovation, economies around the world and consumer experience. use over the last 12 years. We feel confident that the case will prove that Epic broke its agreement only to increase its revenue, which is what took them away from the App Store. In doing so, Epic circumvented the security features of the App Store in a way that would reduce competition and put users ’privacy and data security at great risk.
The trial is set to begin unfortunately on May 3, and is expected to run for several weeks.
You can find the full list of doubtful witnesses and those to be sent out below.