Apple is being urged to provide a witness for an upcoming hearing on app stores and digital competition. The demands by Senate Judiciary Committee leaders are becoming more persistent after Apple abruptly decided to not provide a witness a couple of weeks before the hearing. The hearing had been planned for weeks, and Apple had been in discussions with the staff on who would testify on Apple’s behalf.
Apple’s App Store has been under scrutiny by lawmakers over the previous year. In 2019 an investigation had been launched into competition in the tech industry, which includes Apple’s App Store, with a focus on the 30% fees Apple charges app developers. Last year, Fortnite publisher Epic Games sued Apple with the accusation that the company is violating US antitrust laws after the game was removed from the App Store. Apple had won a similar case with Epic Games within Australia, when Fortnite had been pulled from the App Store for listing an alternative method of playing the game that would allow players to pay Epic Games directly, at a 20% discount.
The hearing is set to take place on May 3rd.
French Court Overturns Dismissal Ruling for Ex-Quantic Dream Dev
Revisiting a 2018 court case against Quantic Dream, a French court has overturned the decision of that unfair dismissal case. In 2018 it had been ruled that the employee had been forced out of the studio due to toxic and targeted behaviour.
The court has come to the consensus that the alleged misogynistic, homophobic, and racist culture at Quantic Dream wasn’t the reason for the employee’s departure, so the unfair dismissal ruling doesn’t apply.
The allegations included mentions of a collection of 600 photoshopped images that were alleged to contain discriminatory jokes and altered images of employees. Four former Quantic Dream employees cited the information uncovered by that report as the grounds for their unfair dismissal claims. The court sided with one of those employees, but that has been overturned, as the employee knew about the image in question when it was created in 2015, and therefore was unrelated to their departure in 2018.
Now that individual has been ordered to pay Quantic Dream $12,000.
Quantic Dream is using the ruling as a dismissal of those toxic culture allegations as a whole.
Hearthstone Esports Player Suspended over Abuse Allegations
Hearthstone Esports has announced that one of the game’s Grandmaster tournament players, Paul “Zale” Nemeth, has been suspended due to allegations of domestic abuse.
After nearly three months of silence following these allegations coming to light, and a day before the 2021 Grandmasters season begins, Blizzard finally responded, saying that they are “aware of the allegations and are assessing the matter”. Many Hearthstone fans have expressed relief and approval for Blizzard’s response, and the act of suspending the player.
And now for some upcoming game releases!
Ashwalkers: A Survival Journey (PC)
Carly and the Reaperman (PC, VR)
SaGa Frontier Remastered (PC, PS4, Switch)
Sea of Thieves Season 2 (PC, XSX, XBO)
Super Meat Boy Forever (PS4, XBO)
Don’t Forget Me (PC)
Maskmaker (PC, VR, PSVR)
MLB The Show 21 (PS5, XSX, PS4, XBO)
World Splitter (PC, PS4, Switch)
Buildings Have Feelings Too! (PC, PS4, XBO, Switch)