Roblox Backs Apple in Antitrust Case, Says App Store Offers Privacy and Security | Investment News

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(Reuters) – Online gaming platform Roblox Corp said on Thursday that Apple Inc’s App Store offered privacy and security benefits to its users, backing the iPhone maker’s bid to beat an appeal from Epic Games in a key US antitrust case.

Epic, known for its “Fortnite” game, largely lost a lawsuit last year over whether Apple’s fees and payment rules for app makers were anti-competitive. He appealed to the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals.

“Apple’s process for reviewing and approving apps available on the App Store improves safety and security and gives those apps greater legitimacy in the eyes of users,” Roblox said in a legal filing. Thursday.

Roblox had a prominent role in the original lawsuit last year. The Department of Justice (DOJ) is investigating key findings from the antitrust lawsuit between Apple and Epic Games, in which the ‘Fortnite’ maker argued that Apple gave a free pass to Roblox, whose app allows people to choose from a selection of games to play.

A senior Apple executive described Roblox’s offering as “experiments”. Soon after, Roblox changed the descriptions on its website to “experiments” from “games” and called itself a metaverse company.

Apple said its rules promote several benefits for consumers, including increased security and privacy. Two former Central Intelligence Agency directors and 21 other former US national security officials made that argument in Apple’s endorsement on Thursday.

The appeal hearing is scheduled for next year.

(Reporting by Paresh Dave in Oakland, Calif.; Additional reporting by Bhargav Acharya; Editing by Sherry Jacob-Phillips)

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