Epic Games force Apple to return Fortnite to the App Store
Far from having an end, the Fortnite versus Apple soap opera won another chapter, this time in Justice. Just over a week after the iPhone maker shut down Epic Games’ development account, the developer filed a preliminary injunction that would allow Fortnite to return to the App Store and restore access to the development account.
In the process, which surfaced this Saturday, September 5 in a tweet from the games company, Epic Games said it was ready to challenge Apple ” because it was the right thing to do ” and ” was better placed than many other companies to weather the storm, “in staunch litigation against what she called the” Apple retaliation. “
Epic Games has also described Apple as a “monopoly” company when it comes to its App Store that maintains its dominance by “explicitly prohibiting all competition” in the markets for app distribution and payment processing within iOS apps. themselves.
The rationale for such an injunction is that Epic believes it is “likely to suffer irreparable harm” if Fortnite does not return to the App Store, citing that the number of its daily active iOS users has already declined by more than 60% since the removal of the Apple Store.
“By removing Fortnite from the App Store, Apple has cut millions of users out of the Fortnite community, which relies entirely on connectivity. The outcry from users has been deafening, showing real damage to the public interest. Daily assets on iOS have declined by more than 60% since removing Fortnite from the store … Epic may never see them again, “read a document in a California court.
Apple vs. Fortnite
In case you missed a chapter in this novel, Fortnite (from Epic Games) was banned from Apple mobile devices last month after including an option to pay for in-game currency directly to the company, bypassing Apple’s (and also Google’s) payment systems which take a share of the profits.
Apple and Google have both removed the game from their app stores. In iOS, the situation is even more complicated, as it leaves players with no way to install the game or even its updates. The shutdown of Epic’s developer account at Apple was so drastic that it also removed other company games such as Battle Breakers and Shadow Complex Remastered from the iPhone.
A judge has already ruled that Apple can’t kick the entire Unreal engine off the platform and now Epic is pushing to get the developer’s account back.