Elon Musk gave his take on the ongoing legal battle between Apple and Epic.
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Elon Musk has some ideas to share Epic’s legal dispute with Apple.
Fortnite maker Epic Games sued Apple after the game was removed from the iOS App Store in August. This came after Epic incorporated a direct payment system into its game that would allow you to avoid Apple’s 30% fee for purchases from the App Store. Epic accused the iPhone maker of anti-competitive practice and argued that the App Store is monopolistic. Apple calls Epic’s lawsuit a marketing stunt, arguing that the App Store gives developers access to a large audience of iPhone and iPad users.
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Musk has his own thoughts. The CEO of Tesla and SpaceX on Friday he said in a tweet, “Apple’s app store fees are a de facto global tax on the Internet. Epic is right.”
Apple’s app store fees are a de facto global tax on the Internet. Epic is right.
– Elon Musk (@elonmusk) July 30, 2021
Hey aggregate: “Normally, competitive pressure would force Apple to cut rates, but Apple and Android have a duopoly on phones. When you factor in familiarity with the interface, it’s basically a monopoly. The effective sales tax of 30 % that Apple charges is hidden from users or it would be an outcry. “
Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Epic declined to comment.
Musk’s comments come as both companies await a judge’s decision in the lawsuit. After many hearings and trials that spanned nearly nine months, Apple and Epic made their final submissions to a US District Court in California on May 24. The case will also be soon taken to an australian court.