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Virtual Legality Episode 465

Epic v Apple: Itching for a Fight (Day 5)

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2m May 8, 2021
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"Epic vs Apple" has finally arrived and as Tim Sweeney now famously said we're in for some "fireworks"!

On day five of the trial, Apple continues feeling the heat with testimony from Trystan Kosmynka, while Epic Game Store head Steven Allison talks about selling games. The court, meanwhile, detours into unlikely conversations about wide-ranging topics such as Roblox and itch.io's "sensitive materials".

It's Roblox and the angry Itch today...in Virtual Legality.

#Epic #Apple #Lawsuit


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Discussed in this episode:
"An Antitrust Epic"
YouTube Playlist - Hoeg Law
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL1zDCgJzZUy-lb7ReoUqL5_dTcM8ngmfV

"Apple isn't happy with Microsoft's Xbox executive testimony."
Tweet - May 7, 2021 - Tom Warren
https://twitter.com/tomwarren/status/1390637440273162246

"Day 5 of Epic v. Apple!"
Twitter Thread - May 7, 2021 - Adi Robertson
https://twitter.com/thedextriarchy/status/1390688458658652165

"Epic v. Apple Day 5 kicks off..."
Twitter Thread - May 7, 2021 - Nick Statt
https://twitter.com/nickstatt/status/1390684367161380869

"App Store Review Guidelines"
Updated February 1, 2021
https://developer.apple.com/app-store/review/guidelines/#business

"Three key discoverability takeaways from the Epic/Apple lawsuit"
Games Industry Biz - May 5, 2021
https://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2021-05-05-three-key-discoverability-takeaways-from-the-epic-apple-lawsuit

"The itch desktop client is now available on the Epic Games Store!"
Itch.io Blog - April 22, 2021
https://itch.io/blog/245490/the-itch-desktop-client-is-now-available-on-the-epic-games-store

"Apple is using Itch.io’s ‘offensive and sexualized’ games as a cudgel against Epic"
The Verge - May 7, 2021
https://www.theverge.com/2021/5/7/22425759/epic-apple-trial-app-store-itch-io-offensive-sexualized-unspeakable-games-day-5

"Epic, Mixer, Ooblets, and Ninjas: A Lawyer's View on Exclusivity and Messaging (VL80)"
YouTube Video - August 2, 2019 - Hoeg Law
https://youtu.be/kUmNwQrEKN8


"Virtual Legality" is a continuing series discussing the law, video games, software, and everything digital, hosted by Richard Hoeg, of the Hoeg Law Business Law Firm (Hoeg Law).

CHECK OUT THE REST OF VIRTUAL LEGALITY HERE:
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DISCUSSION IS PROVIDED FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY AND IS NOT TO BE CONSTRUED AS LEGAL ADVICE. INDIVIDUALS INTERESTED IN THE LEGAL TOPICS DISCUSSED IN THIS VIDEO SHOULD CONSULT WITH THEIR OWN COUNSEL.


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Joe Ellis (Logo Design)
Chris Leroux (Motion Graphics)
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Table of Contents

Timecode Title
00:00 Introduction
01:38 Apple Motion Against Microsoft Witness
04:47 Day 5 Live Tweets (Adi Robertson, Nick Statt)
06:24 The Blind Alley of Roblox (Kosmynka)
16:00 Is App Review Effective? (Kosmynka)
22:10 Steve Allison - General Manager EGS
23:29 The Cost of Free Games (Allison)
25:54 Security and Fraud at EGS (Allison)
28:53 Making Money with EGS (Allison)
32:05 Warnings and Depositions (Allison)
34:59 Itching for a Fight - Itch.io App Access (Allison)
45:11 Apples, Oranges, and Ooblets
48:44 Conclusion

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