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Epic Games demand Apple add Fortnite back after losing 60% of users

Epic Games demand Apple add Fortnite back after losing 60% of users”

Last Friday, Apple ended Epic Games' account on its App Store amidst a legal fight over the iPhone maker's in-app payment standards and allegations they make up a monopoly.

In case you've missed it, the brawl between Epic and Apple began in August when the video game developer chose 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 that filing, Epic mentioned Apple as a "monopolist" who is maintaining it by "explicitly prohibiting any competitive entry". "Apple has chosen to impose a 30% commission at the app-use level rather than extracting those revenues from the iPhone purchase", said Paul Swanson, a Denver-based antitrust lawyer at Holland & Hart LLP.

But this violated the terms and conditions that Epic agreed to when signing with Apple to have Fortnite listed in the App Store.

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"To be clear, Epic does not seek to force Apple to provide distribution and processing services for free, nor does Epic seek to enjoy Apple's services without paying for them", Epic said in a filing in federal court in Oakland, California. "Removing Fortnite from iOS also significantly hinders the epic initiative - developing Fornet into a full-fledged "metavars", a multi-purpose, continuous, interactive virtual space", says Epic. The company's recent actions show that if you challenge Apple's monopoly, Apple will attempt to destroy your business.

Epic has once again made a move to try and get the court to reinstate Fortnite to Apple's App Store, as it has stated that, since its removal, daily iOS Fortnite players have dropped by over 60%.

Epic Games proceeded to call Apple's actions a part of "retaliation" against the American video game publisher. "The Court should not allow Apple to enforce these restrictions". During the original court battle that was held last month, also over Zoom, U.S. District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers didn't bite on Epic's line about it being likely to succeed on the merits of the case. Epic has refused. Instead they repeatedly submit Fortnite updates created to violate the guidelines of the App Store. This would be a big issue for Epic if it was "denied the opportunity to access even a single new users among the one-billion-plus iOS users for at least the next year". In addition, developers must also agree not to offer alternative methods of payment that go around Apple.

That provisional order remains in place until September 28, when the judge has scheduled the next hearing on whether to issue a longer-lasting injunction while the litigation plays out.



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