In Apple Versus Epic Games battle, Elon Musk just picked a side
- Elon Musk criticised Apple's app store for its fee in a tweet
- Musk called Apple's fee a "de facto global tax on the Internet"
- Tesla CEO's comment comes ahead of a decision on the lawsuit
In the Epic Games versus Apple trial, Epic had argued before a US district judge that Apple’s dominance over its app market is monopolistic.
Musk termed the fees as a global internet tax. "Apple app store fees are a de facto global tax on the Internet. Epic is right,” Musk tweeted.
Though it would have been an unusual comment for any other CEO, the Tesla chief has taken to Twitter multiple times in the past to trade barbs and make spontaneous announcements, and even once to suggest that his company was going private, resulting in penalties from the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Just this Monday, Musk said that Tesla's “Full Self-Driving” product is currently a “debatable” buy for potential customers. Musk said on Tesla’s earnings call that its “Full Self-Driving” product is currently a “debatable” buy for potential customers, a comment that nobody else in his position would have made. He was speaking on Tesla’s earnings call.
Musk's Apple comments are more unusual because he never has had a public feud with the maker of iPhones.
Apple and Epic Games have been locked in a bitter legal battle since last year when the gaming giant offered the users of its popular game 'Fortnite' an alternative payment method. It was done because of Apple's 30% commission on app store sales. Apple had removed the game from its app store. Both the companies are awaiting a verdict in a lawsuit that could change Apple’s business model.