“Fortnite” creator Epic Games' battle to paint Apple as a harmful monopoly is drawing more technology companies into the fray as each side seeks to bolster its case, reports the Wall Street Journal
(25 February, Higgins, Needleman). Epic wants to take testimony from a senior executive at Match Group, the owner of Tinder and other apps, as well as a former Apple executive. Facebook, which is unhappy with Apple for separate reasons, has pledged to support Epic in the legal battle. For its part, Apple has subpoenaed Sony, Microsoft, Nintendo, Amazon, and Samsung. The latest skirmish occurred Wednesday when Valve, one of the largest computer game distributors in the world, complained to a federal judge in California about Apple's expansive pretrial effort to subpoena its privately-held financial records of its offerings. Judge Thomas Hixson sought to find a compromise between Valve and Apple, limiting the scope of the request and noting that a protective order is in place to limit a rival’s ability to see private information. The Epic/Apple litigation appears set to expand into the kind of high-stakes legal contest that broke out almost a decade ago between Apple, Google, and Samsung over the creation of the smartphone.
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