Apple accuses Microsoft of instrumentalizing Epic

The lawsuit between Apple and Epic is still ongoing, and the press releases new revelations and twists every day. For example, this week we learn that Apple is accusing Microsoft of instrumentalizing Epic as part of this study.

As reported by Bloomberg, the Cupertino company filed a case with the judge asking him to make an unfavorable credibility test against Lori Wright, an Xbox executive who testified on Epic’s behalf at the trial. Cupertino’s goal is for the judge to ignore the testimony of this Microsoft manager who is favorable to Epic.

The reason ? “A reasonable observer might wonder if Epic is Microsoft’s hobbyhorse,” says Apple. “Microsoft protected itself from a significant discovery in this litigation by not appearing as a party or by sending a company representative to testify. “”

As a reminder, Epic took Apple to court after its Fortnite game was banned from the App Store. The developer had introduced a new payment system for the game that bypasses Apple’s (where the App Store doesn’t take its 30%), which caused the ban.

Microsoft is also having issues with the App Store

Of course, Microsoft has already responded. In a statement shared by Bloomberg, the company in Redmond said, “Apple is trying to deflect the legitimate concerns of many companies in the industry about its policies and practices in the App Store, including its refusal to allow games to be streamed on the Apple App store. Epic speaks and acts for itself, and Microsoft and many other companies have raised concerns through our own voices, including directly to Apple. “”

Microsoft also has complaints against Apple. In fact, the Redmond company has developed a cloud gaming service called xCloud, which is currently available for Android. On iOS, Microsoft cannot offer the same service due to the limitations of the App Store (which allows cloud games under many conditions).

To get around this, Microsoft decided to offer iOS users this cloud gaming service through a web application (over which Apple has less control). A similar approach has been taken by Google so that the Stadia service can be accessed through the iPhone.

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