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How Apple’s App Store Sparked an Epic Trial: QuickTake

May 2, 2021, 11:00 AM

On Monday, Apple Inc. and Epic Games Inc. are going to trial as part of a broader dispute that has become the biggest challenge to the App Store since it was unveiled by Steve Jobs in 2008.

The App Store is one of Apple’s most lucrative products. The cut it takes from transactions there approaches the revenue from iPads and Macs, and it accounts for most of the $54 billion generated by the Services division in fiscal 2020. Epic, the maker of Fortnite, is suing Apple over that cut and what it claims are antitrust violations.

The court clash, which ...

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