US judge urges Apple, Epic Games to take antitrust claims to jury

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FILE PHOTO: Epic Games’ popular “Fortnite” video game is pictured on a screen in this August 14, 2020 illustration. REUTERS / Brendan McDermid / Illustration /

(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.

Reporting by Stephen Nellis in San Francisco; edited by Jonathan Oatis

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