In case you’ve missed it, the brawl between Epic and Apple began in August when the video game developer decided to forgo Apple’s in-app purchasing system in its App Store and let users buy V bucks, Fortnite’s in-game currency, directly from Epic.
In those statements, Apple said that Epic had agreed to its App Store terms and guidelines freely and that it had built a successful business on the App Store. “The fact that their business interests now lead them to push for a special arrangement does not change the fact that these guidelines create a level playing field for all developers and make the store safe for all users.
In a statement to Gizmodo, Epic called Apple a monopolist and accused it of trying to destroy its business. “Apple is a monopolist and standing up to them is a necessary step to free consumers and developers from the unlawful restrictions Apple has imposed over app distribution and in-app payment processing on iOS,” Epic said. “For too long, developers have not spoken out because they fear Apple’s retaliation.
In the preliminary injunction filed on Friday, Epic said that if the court did not take action, it would “likely to suffer irreparable harm. ” It also also asking the court to force Apple to restore its developer account.
This isn’t the first time Epic has tried to get a judge to force Apple to leave Fortnite in the App Store. In late August, the U. S.
So aside from Epic potentially actually feeling some pain, what has changed since the last court ruling that Apple has every right to toss Epic from their store?
Under Apple’s system, which all app developers must agree to in order to get into the App Store, Apple gets a 30% cut of an app’s sales which includes in-game purchases.
A week after the release of the latest chapter of Fortnite—which is not available on iOS or macOS because of the brawl between Epic Games and Apple—Epic Games is again asking the court to put its game back in the App Store.
District Court for the Northern District of California ruled that while Apple could kick Fortnite out of the App Store, it could not remove Epic’s Unreal Engine.
We will make every effort to work with Epic to resolve these violations so they can return Fortnite to the App Store,” Apple said.
In a preliminary injunction filed on Friday, Epic Games said that if the court did not take action, it would “likely suffer irreparable harm.