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N&O Innovation and Technology Newsletter: May 7, 2021

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The blockbuster antitrust lawsuit Epic Games has levied against Apple has been chock-full of revealing tidbits of information about the inner workings and business relationships of the Fortnite maker.

The documents and testimony submitted to the court include the mundane (if still interesting): like the fact that Tim Sweeney prefers an iPhone to an Android phone because of its security.

And they reveal its influence: like how Epic convinced Sony to go from being a hater of Fortnite’s demands to becoming one of its largest investors and supporters.

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It’s also showed that despite being kicked off the App Store in August, when Fortnite tried to bypass Apple’s 30% in-app fees, Epic Games had a great financial year — making $5.1 billion in revenue.

The N&O has been listening to hours of testimony so far, and will continue to do so for the next two weeks.

Here are some of the biggest takeaways from Tim Sweeney’s two days on the stand.

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Zachery Eanes is the Innovate Raleigh reporter for The News & Observer and The Herald-Sun. He covers technology, startups and main street businesses, biotechnology, and education issues related to those areas.

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This story was originally published May 18, 2021 3:14 PM.

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