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San Francisco (AFP)

The US federal judge suing Epic’s trial against Apple over its control of the App Store should issue her ruling after the two companies are subjected to harsh questioning at the conclusion of Monday’s hearings for a trial that may redefine guidelines in the world of mobile commerce.

United States District Court Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers has heard final arguments in the case that Epic has brought in its attempt to break Apple’s tight control over its app store, potentially affecting the entire mobile ecosystem.

A California federal court judge told attorneys that she would hand down her verdict in writing while the memories were “still fresh,” but that this could take some time.

In the media’s antitrust case, Epic attorney Gary Bornstein argued that Apple portrays itself as a “good overlord” of the app store, even if its terms stifle competition.

Apple attorney Richard Doreen responded that Epic is basically trying to run its app store on the iPhone maker’s platform without paying anything and undermining user safety in the process.

The judge posed skeptical questions to both parties, though she was careful not to give clues about how she had failed in the case.

“One of the issues that concerned me is that your customer doesn’t seem interested in paying for customer access on iOS,” Gonzales told the Epic attorney.

He added that Epic “attacks the fundamental way Apple generates revenue.”

His questions on Monday came after the surprisingly harsh questioning of Apple CEO, Tim Cook, who was on the bench as a witness on Friday.

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Gonzalez Rogers hinted to Cook that day that Apple’s commission on selling apps, which could be as high as 30%, seemed disproportionate and stressed that “after this first interaction (…) the developer is taking care of these customers, (while) only Apple benefits Of which “.

Unconfirmed result

Epic, the maker of the popular video game Fortnite, is seeking to force Apple to open the App Store to third parties even if it gives users the ability to bypass Apple’s payment systems procedures.

Apple removed Fortnite from its app store last year after Epic offered its players to buy the cheapest virtual currency in the game if they went directly through its payment system, not Apple’s.

The judge also indicated that Epic is suing Google in a different federal court over the dominant position in the Play Store, its app store, while asking it to order the App Store to be like its Android equivalent, which is Google’s operating system. , Which although it works in a similar way to iOS, it allows for other download platforms.

Some analysts suggested that the case for Epic grew stronger than initially thought, although the outcome remained unconfirmed.

“Things have moved tremendously in the direction of Epic over the past few days,” said Richard Windsor, founder of research firm Radio Free Mobile.

“Unfortunately, I think that this case will continue for years and will end with a ruling by the Supreme Court,” he said.