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Virtual Legality Episode 460

Epic v Apple: Opening Salvos (Days 1 and 2)

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2m May 4, 2021
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"Epic vs Apple" has finally arrived and as Tim Sweeney now famously said we're in for some "fireworks". In the first two days of the trial, opening statements have been made, arguments have been framed, and a billion dollar tech CEO has given hours upon hours of testimony.

What have we learned from the strategies of both sides? What information would third parties like Sony and Microsoft prefer to have stayed private? And does Mr. Sweeney help or hurt his case?

From metaverse to walled garden it's all on the table, so let's dive in.

It's time to get Sweeney with it...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

"Everything We've Learned In The Epic V Apple Trial So Far"
GameSpot Rolling Webpage
https://www.gamespot.com/articles/everything-weve-learned-in-the-epic-v-apple-trial-so-far/1100-6490954/

"Here are Apple’s and Epic’s full slideshows arguing why they should win at trial"
The Verge - May 3, 2021
https://www.theverge.com/2021/5/3/22417725/apple-vs-epic-full-trial-slideshows-opening-arguments

"Apple antitrust trial kicks off with Tim Sweeney’s metaverse dreams"
The Verge - May 3, 2021
https://www.theverge.com/2021/5/3/22417697/apple-epic-fortnite-app-store-antitrust-trial-day-1

"Day 2 of livetweeting the Apple/Epic trial"
Twitter Thread - May 4, 2021 - Adi Robertson
https://twitter.com/thedextriarchy/status/1389595740519940101

"Is Sony Charging Developers for Adding Crossplay? (VL458)"
YouTube Video - May 3, 2021 - Hoeg Law
https://youtu.be/ILdNW8_Tfw8

"THE FORTNITE MEGA DROP - PERMANENT DISCOUNTS UP TO 20%"
Epic Games Webpage - Updated September 10, 2020
https://www.epicgames.com/fortnite/en-US/news/the-fortnite-mega-drop-permanent-discounts-up-to-20-percent


"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:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL1zDCgJzZUy9YAU61GoW-00K0TJOGnPCo

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)
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Table of Contents

Timecode Title
00:00 Introduction
02:18 Rolling Coverage of Day 1 (GameSpot)
07:03 Opening Slides and Day 1 (The Verge)
22:49 Day Two Twitter Thread (Adi Robertson)
23:55 Accidental Disclosures
25:18 Framing FreeFortnite
27:45 Apple v Sony (Crossplay)
29:31 Using Tim Sweeney's Previous Words
30:53 Project Liberty and Sneakiness
35:08 Microsoft and Pricing Requirements
40:58 Assuaging Fears (Console Distinctions)
43:28 Impulse Buys (Sweeney Concludes)
47:06 Additional Witnesses (Simon and Patel)
53:50 Conclusion

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