The feud between Apple and Epic Games continues to rage on, as both sides are preparing once again to meet in court. Following the release of Fortnite Chapter 2 – which is currently unavailable on iOS and macOS devices (more on that later) – Epic Games has once again filed a case against Apple in an attempt to reinstate Fortnite back on the App store. “Today we ask the court to stop Apple from retaliating against Epic for daring to challenge Apple’s misconduct while out antitrust case proceeds,” Epic games posted on their Twitter account.
Last week, a preliminary injunction was filed by Epic Games in which they demanded Apple to restore Fortnite on the App Store, following the brawl between the two mega-corporations in August. Epic has revealed that since the removal of Fortnite from the App Store, there has been a sharp decline in the number of iOS Fortnite players. More than 60% of players are unable to launch Fortnite, in other words, 116 million Fortnite players are missing out on major updates including the latest chapter of the popular battle royale. Worried that they might never recover, Epic is pushing to reinstate Fortnite before the official hearing on September 28.
Epic Games is going all out against Apple and has already labeled Apple as a monopolist corporation bent on destroying their business and other indie developers. “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 stated in an interview. “For too long, developers have not spoken out because they fear Apple’s retaliation. The company’s recent actions show that if you challenge Apple’s monopoly, Apple will attempt to destroy your business.”
The feud between Apple and Epic Games started back in early August 2020, when Epic Games decided to introduce their own in-app payment system to purchase V-Bucks (the in-game currency for Fortnite) directly via Epic Games. Not only did Epic violate multiple App store policies but they also offered heavily discounted rates for players who purchased V-Bucks through the Epic Game store. In retaliation, Apple promptly removed Fortnite from the App store and terminated Epic’s game developer account. In response to the removal of Fortnite from the App Store, Epic filed a law-suit of misconduct against Apple and the brawl between the two corporations has continued ever since.
While giving an interview to Verge on the latest developments, Apple made it clear that the entire situation was Epic’s own doing. “We are disappointed that we had to terminate the Epic Games account on the App store. We have worked with the team at Epic Games for many years on their launches and releases. The court recommended that Epic complies with the App store guidelines while their case moves forward, guidelines they’ve followed for the past decade until they created this situation. Epic has refused. Instead, they repeatedly submit Fortnite updates designed to violate the guidelines of the App Store. This is not fair to all other developers on the App Store and is putting customers in the middle of their fight. We hope that we can work together again in the future, but unfortunately, that is not possible today.”