(Reuters) – A California federal judge on Monday urged Apple Inc and the creator of “Fortnite” Epic Games to take their antitrust dispute to a jury, saying higher courts would be less likely to overturn the result.
“I know I’m just a stepping stone for all of you,” District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers said during a virtual hearing in Oakland, California.
Epic Games sued Apple in August, alleging that the iPhone maker’s 30% commission on purchases made through Apple’s App Store was anti-competitive. The judge’s comments came during a hearing to decide to keep an emergency order in place stating that Apple could remove “Fortnite” from the App Store but could not harm the business of developer tools. ‘Epic.