Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney, on the left, leaving the courthouse last week. Photo by Bloomberg.
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Midway Through Apple-Epic Trial, Apple Maintains Its Advantage

Photo: Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney, on the left, leaving the courthouse last week. Photo by Bloomberg.

App developers are rooting for Epic Games to win its court battle against Apple. Yet some prominent developers told The Information they have grown concerned that the ongoing antitrust trial between Apple and Epic could hurt their own efforts to take on Apple and redefine who controls the economics of consumer apps.

That’s because the three-week trial is half over, and Apple appears to be winning despite sustaining some early bruises. Epic has been the most aggressive voice of the disenchantment among prominent developers against Apple’s control of the App Store and the heavy taxes the iPhone maker extracts. But U.S. District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers, who is presiding over the case and will decide the victor after the trial concludes in her Oakland, Calif., courtroom, has expressed concern about whether Epic simply wants a free ride on Apple’s technology.

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