Apple Sued for Allegedly Monopolizing the Gaming Market
Recently, Apple has faced a class action lawsuit filed by a New Jersey man. According to the plaintiff, Apple is monopolizing the market for subscription-based mobile gaming with its Apple Arcade service.
The plaintiff, John Pistacchio, an iPhone user and an Apple subscriber said that he was forced to pay “supracompetitive prices” for the service as a result of Apple’s anticompetitive conduct.
He asserts that by “unlawfully foreclosing competition, Apple has eliminated consumer choice, stymied innovation, and reduced quality of service.”
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The class action lawsuit revealed that Pistacchio subscribed to Apple Arcade on March 21, 2020, and has agreed to pay $4.99 per month for the service.
“App developers and publishers are likewise powerless to constrain Apple’s conduct by refusing to develop and publish apps for iOS,” the Apple Arcade class action lawsuit says.
Furthermore, the plaintiff claims that Apple’s conduct ‘prevents innovation’ and decreases the quality of subscription-based gaming available to iOS users.
“Gamers want to jump directly into a game from their curated catalog … and not be forced to download over 100 apps to play individual games,” the quote says.
Due to Apple’s alleged anticompetitive conduct, the plaintiff argues that he and Class Members sustained antitrust injury.
Also, the class action lawsuit claims that Apple has violated the Sherman Act, the California Unfair Competition Law, and the California Cartwright Act.
In this class action lawsuit, the plaintiff asks for an award of compensatory damages, punitive damages “to punish Apple’s egregious conduct.” Moreover, the plaintiff seeks the Court’s award of statutory interest and penalties, court costs, pre- and post-judgment interest, disgorgement, and restitution. The lawsuit also aims to develop a trust “into which Apple’s ill-gotten gains” will be put and given to the plaintiff and potential Class Members.
Editor’s note on Apple Arcade Class Action:
This piece is to inform you about Apple Sued for Allegedly Monopolizing the Gaming Market.
If you are considered eligible to be among the class of consumers described in the article above, you may eventually be able to participate in receiving any compensation the court may award.
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