apple Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook as well as Epic games Founder and CEO Tim Sweeney may testify at an upcoming lawsuit in the United States, as both companies became embroiled in a legal battle over the use of an in-game payment system.
The trial is set to begin on May 3, TechCrunch reported Saturday.
For Apple, the proposed list of witnesses also includes Senior Vice President of Software Engineering Craig Federighi and Apple member Phil Schiller.
On the Epic team, Vice President Mark Rein is also included as a witness, in addition to Sweeney.
Fortnite creator Epic Games alleges that Apple uses its control of the iOS ecosystem to benefit while blocking competition.
The game Fortnite withdrew from the App Store in August last year after the company violated the rules by adding a payment system to the game intended to deprive Apple of its commission on purchases from from the app to the App Store.
The company said that when Epic gave Fortnite players on iOS a choice between Apple’s payment and Epic’s direct payment, Apple retaliated by blocking Fortnite updates.
When Epic tried to bring the Epic Games Store to iOS, Apple refused.
He alleges that while Apple has launched its own game distribution service, Apple Arcade, has banned competitors, including Epic, from doing the same.
Apple had previously denied that its 30% commission was anti-competitive, saying Epic Games violated its contract.
The iPhone maker said Epic benefited from Apple’s promotion and development tools.