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Epic Games claims Apple deliberately locks customers into its ‘ecosystem’ and names one of the key services dedicated to it

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10 abr 2021 23:37 GMT

The two companies are currently in a legal dispute in the US courts.

Apple does not plan to develop the version of iMessage for the Android operating system because that would provide the company with more problems than advantages. This is clear from an article by The Verge, which cites court documents filed by Epic Games, a video game company that sued Apple for monopoly practices.

Epic Games sues Google for removing its 'Fortnite' video game from the Play Store, after taking legal action against Apple

The plaintiff, who alleges that the operating rules of Apple’s app store violate US antitrust laws, claims that the technology company tries to block users in its ‘ecosystem’, making some popular services exclusive such as iMessage.

Specifically, this is apparent from various statements and emails from Apple employees, including some high-ranking executives cited by Epic Games, including Eddy Cue, Senior Vice President, Internet and Software Services; Craig Federighi, Senior Vice President of Software Engineering, and Paul Shiller, former Director of Worldwide Marketing for Apple Products.

An example of such messages is a leaked email from an anonymous former Apple employee sent to Schiller, which states that “the [razón] hardest to leave the Apple universe app is iMessage, […] amounts to a serious block. “That led the senior manager to respond that” developing iMessage on Android will bring us more problems than advantages. “Likewise, Federighi said at one point that the appearance of iMessage on Android” would simply serve to remove an obstacle ” so that families who have an iPhone can buy Android devices for their children.

According to other statements cited by Epic Games, in 2013 Apple decided not to develop a version of iMessage for Android, although Eddy Cue admitted that the apple company “could have done it.”

Legal dispute between Epic Games and Apple

Epic Games, the developer of the game ‘Fortnite’, last August initiated legal action against Apple to demand the restoration of its account in the Developer Program of the technology giant, from which it was banned for alleged violations by introducing a payment method alternative in your iOS apps.

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