Roblox backs Apple in antitrust case, says App Store offers privacy and security

Online gaming platform Roblox Corp said Thursday that Apple Inc’s App Store offers privacy and security features to its users, supporting the iPhone maker’s attempt to beat a plea from Epic Games in a major antitrust case in the United States.

Epic, best known for its “Fortnite” game, largely lost sight of last year’s experience on whether Apple’s fees and app makers’ payment rules were against competition. The court appealed to the Ninth Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals.

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

Roblox played a prominent role in last year’s original trial. The Department of Justice (DOJ) is investigating key findings from the antitrust trial between Apple and Epic Games, with the Fortnite game maker arguing that Apple has given a free license to Roblox, whose app lets people choose from a selection of games to play.

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

Apple said its rules promote many benefits for consumers, including increased security and privacy. Two former CIA directors and 21 former US national security officials made this argument in support of Apple on Thursday.


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